Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to the crowd in front of his home as he leaves for prison on March 15, 2012, in Chicago.

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Illinois Republicans Urge President to Reconsider Pardoning Blagojevich

June 12, 2018 - 10:03 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois' entire Republican Congressional delegation is trying to convince President Trump not to pardon or commute the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The congressmen open by saying such a move would undermine Trump's promise to root out corruption or, as Trump puts it, drain the swamp. The letter points out Blagojevich went through two trials and, while five of the 18 counts of political corruption against him were dropped, he was still ordered to serve his entire sentence.

They say Blagojevich's legal team hadn't even requested a commutation until Trump brought it up. Mike Bost, John Shimkus, Rodney Davis and others want the president to "carefully consider the precedent this may set and the impact it will have on acts of public corruption in the future."