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Trump Confirms Blagojevich Commutation Was About Undoing ‘Another Comey and Gang Deal!’


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs autographs after arriving at O’Hare International Airport following his release from prison on February 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Today President Trump commuted the prison sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat after Obama was elected president. 

President Donald Trump had already indicated that the James ComeyPatrick Fitzgerald connection played a role in the decision to commute the rest of Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence, but Trump cemented that with a Wednesday afternoon tweet praising a Fox News contributor for “getting” what’s really going on here.

Trump noted that former Celebrity Apprentice contestant Blagojevich was ultimately unsuccessful in his scheme to sell the then- vacant Barack Obama Senate seat, stating that the unfair price Blagojevich had to pay after getting caught was due to “Another Comey and gang deal!”

“Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat. He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal!” Trump tweeted before thanking Lisa Marie Boothe–“who really ‘gets’ what’s on!”

As Law&Crime noted earlier on Wednesday, Blagojevich is now the third person who was prosecuted by Comey’s friend Patrick Fitzgerald to receive clemency from President Trump. We suggested this pattern is no coincidence.

Trump said on Tuesday that the Blagojevich sentence was “ridiculous,” blaming Comey and “Fitzpatrick” for the disgraced (and impeached) former Illinois governor’s fate.

When Blagojevich emerged from behind bars, he declared himself a “Trumpocrat.”

[Image via Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images]

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.