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Ex-Gov Rod Blagojevich Returns to Chicago, Says Hes Innocent

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago on Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his 14-year prison sentenced a day before.

In his first remarks, Blagojevich said hes innocent while signing autographs. “I didnt do the things they said I did and they lied on me,” the former governor told reporters as he walked through the airport.

When he arrived home in Chicago, he lavished praise on Trump.

“Im profoundly grateful to President Trump, and I will be for as long as I live,” Blagojevich told the Chicago Tribune. “He didnt have to do this. Hes a Republican president. I was a Democratic governor. But hes a man whos not only tough and outspoken, strong, but he has a kind heart. And Ill be forever grateful.”

For several years, Blagojevich and his wife pushed for Trump to commute his sentence. He was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obamas U.S. Senate seat and trying to extort a childrens hospital in 2011.

But Trump, in remarks to reporters on Tuesday, said he felt Blagojevichs sentence was unfair.

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a meeting with President of the Republic of Ecuador Lenín Moreno, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12, 2020. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“That was a tremendously powerful, ridiculous sentence in my opinion and in the opinion of many others,” Trump said. In previous years, the president said he was considering taking action on his case.

Several local Illinois officials, including the governor and some Republicans, said it was a mistake to commute Blagojevichs sentence.

Trump “has abused his pardon power in inexplicable ways to reward his friends and condone corruption, and I deeply Read More – Source

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