Here’s a direct Trump quote: “His wife, I think, is fantastic and I’m thinking about commuting his sentence very strongly.”
And here is the background:
Trump considers ending Blagojevich’s prison term, citing Comey, ‘sleazebags’
By Rick Pearson and Jason Meisner
President Donald Trump has once again dangled the idea of commuting the 14-year prison sentence for disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, telling reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday night he was “very strongly” considering springing Blagojevich from prison five years early.
The president’s comments — largely echoing remarks he made 14 months ago — gave new hope to Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, who released a statement Thursday saying the family was “very hopeful that our almost 11 year nightmare might soon be over.”
But Trump also showed he has done little homework on the case since he first raised the idea of using his powers of executive clemency for Blagojevich in May 2018.
Trump repeated the same misstatement he made last year that Blagojevich was sentenced to 18 years in prison and once again mentioned only one wiretapped phone call by Blagojevich, when much of the evidence presented at trial came from witnesses who said the governor was shaking them down for campaign cash in exchange for official acts.
The victims included the then-CEO of Children’s Memorial Hospital, now Lurie Children’s Hospital, who said he was pressured to contribute tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for state funding.
“He’s been in jail for seven years over a phone call where nothing happens. But over a phone — where nothing happens. But over a phone call which, you know, he shouldn’t have said what he said, but it was braggadocio you would say.”
Such mischaracterizations have been blasted before by those who investigated and prosecuted Blagojevich.
Robert Grant, the former head of the FBI in Chicago who helped lead the sprawling Operation Board Games investigation that ultimately led to Blagojevich’s downfall, told the Tribune in May 2018, “It’s clear (Trump) has never seen any of the evidence.
“He took his talking points from Patti Blagojevich. It’s pure fantasy. This was flat-out, old-fashioned corruption, pure and simple.”
Trump: “A lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things — and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it.”
Well, for once he didn’t blame Hillary or Obama.
Typically, Trump doesn’t know what he is talking about, and he hopes you are too stupid to notice or care. That may be true of his most ardent fans, but not true of moral human beings.
And you surely know how Trump hates “sleazebags” like:
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
HUD Secretary Ben Carson
Campaign manager Paul Manafort
Deputy campaign manager Rick Gates
National security adviser Michael Flynn
Personal lawyer Michael Cohen
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Duncan Hunter
Mobster Salvatore Testa
Mobster Fat Tony Salerno
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta
Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos
Alex Van der Zwaan
The people who ran the crooked Trump University
The person who ran the crooked Trump Foundation
Stormy Daniels and other porn stars
Donald Trump, Jr.
And whoever the politician was that stiffed creditors out of millions by going bankrupt at least four times while running gambling casinos (Bankrupting gambling casinos?? Is that even possible?) — and now is unable to get credit from any bank in America, so must beg Russia and the Saudis for money.
But hey, Trump thinks Blago’s wife is fantastic, so . . .
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