On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said he had eased the verdict of an ex-governor who had traded for former President Barack Obama, among others. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for corruption in 2011.
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- He's been in prison for eight years, which is a long time. He seems like a very nice person, but I don't know him, Trump told CNN.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment for corruption in 2011. He is also remembered for the reality TV show Dili.
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Blagojevich is also remembered for the Trump-hosted True TV show hosted by Trump in Finland. Blagojevich competed in the program's ninth season, aired in the United States in 2010. In the program, he was "fired" by Trump in a series that competed in the wizarding world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Trump criticized his lack of familiarity with the Potter facts.
In total, Trump granted relief or amnesty to 11 convicted criminals on Tuesday.
Among them are former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, convicted of tax fraud and lying to authorities, Michael Milke, a businessman known as "junk king" for financial crime, and Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco 49ers, convicted of concealing corruption.
Michael Milken, a businessman known as the 'king of the garbage'.
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Critics immediately attacked Trump's actions. Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell said in a statement that the president is exercising his amnesty to reward his friends who are convicted criminals.
- The pardon of these disgraceful persons is yet another national scandal.
Trump's amnesty has also raised suspicions that the president might also have amnesty closer to himself. Examples include Republican consultant and Trump ally Roger Stone and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Trump himself did not comment on these speculations.
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