Blagojevich on the Attack

From The Center Square:

Blagojevich returns home from prison, calls Springfield a ‘swamp’

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a self-proclaimed “Trumpocrat,” was as defiant Wednesday as he was on the day he was sentenced to prison, calling the criminal justice system corrupt and broken.

He also called out Illinois politicians for hiking state taxes in his absence. 

Blagojevich spoke to supporters and reporters outside of his home in Chicago, sporting gray hair that he wasn’t allowed to dye in prison and dabbing blood from his chin, the result of what he said was using a proper razor for the first time in more than 7 years. 

Chicago Tribune story.

“We want to extend our profound and everlasting gratitude to President Trump,” he said, between quoting scripture, Martin Luther King Jr., and praising his family. “How do you properly thank someone who has given you back the freedom that was stolen from you? He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president, I was a Democratic governor.”

Blagojevich said Wednesday, as he did during his trial, that he was “persecuted” for what he called routine political practices. 

“From beginning to end, this was persecution masquerading as prosecution,” he said.

He also said he was a “political prisoner.” 

The former governor also spoke about injustice in the nation’s criminal prosecution system and criticized Illinois politicians for hiking taxes in the years after he was removed from office, convicted and sentenced to prison. 

“I wouldn’t allow that swamp in Springfield, and my fellow Democrats, who just wanted to raise taxes on the working people, to raise their taxes,” he said.

Blagojevich didn’t take questions from reporters. 

The former Illinois governor was convicted to 14 years in prison after being convicted on multiple corruption charges. He was eight years into his 14-year sentence when Trump commuted it Tuesday. 

While he’s free from prison, Trump did not pardon him. That means Blagojevich remains a convicted felon who cannot run for office, own a firearm, or work in a number of professions. His law license remains suspended in Illinois, although he could try to get it reinstated.

Blagojevich, a Chicago Democrat, was sentenced in 2011 to 14 years in prison after he was convicted of corruption tied to his attempt to sell then newly-elected President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. He entered prison in March 2012.

In 2018, Illinois’ Republican congressmen wrote a letter to Trump opposing any kind of mercy for Blagojevich.

The letter reminded the president of the evidence against Blagojevich, including his shakedown of Children’s Memorial Hospital for a $50,000 campaign contribution and the delay in signing a new law for the state’s horse tracks until he had secured a $10,000 contribution.


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Blagojevich on the Attack — 24 Comments

  1. Seems like he learned his lesson.

    Could you imagine if Hilary commuted his sentence?

    I’m sure the MAGA-hats would still think he paid the price and it was time to come home.

  2. They don’t call Blago the mouth for nothing.

    The dems in the house unleashed Trump with their jackass impeachment.

    And to poke Comey and dems in general in the eye,
    Trump unleashed Blagojevich.

    It’s a quid pro quo.

    And I am LMFAO

  3. Steve Pokorny save your Hillary insults. As for Trump
    it appears that in at least one case, cold hard cash did the talking. Paul Pogue, a construction company owner who pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes by $473,000 and received three years probation, was issued a full pardon and clemency by the president.

    According to FEC filings, Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Committee. Beginning in August 2019, Ben Pogue—CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue—and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign.

    In August alone, Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month. The following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40. The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.

  4. And bite me Biden is 78.

    Bolshevik Bernie is 78.

    Mini Mikey B is 78.

    The Democrats need to do better.

    And the fake Indian is 71

  5. Rod is 101% correct and the McHenry County government and multiple municipalities are a Who’s Who of assorted turds and scum bags.

    I’d like to get a few of them in the Ring for Charity and give them what they deserve.

  6. Marc Rich, that brings back memories.

    I was in Interlaken Switzerland on a ski trip, 1987.

    I was a futures trader, amongst other ventures.

    They had phone books back then, I looked him up, called him, he was in Zug, I drove there and we met for lunch.

    Very smart and also a nice guy.

    And getting a swiss passport at that time was fairly easy.

  7. One of the first things Blago did when he took over as Governor was to close down a lot of State run Mental Institutions and send the patients to Prisons instead of getting them the proper help.they needed…

    He closed down Dunning and sold the Property to friends and allies.

    this alone .put a lot of workers out of jobs …

    this guy is a crook he always was and he always will be….

    Trump screwed up with this one….

    Mrs Blago is a potty mouth and should have been in the slammer too….

    Blago sold the collection service of the Illinois tollway to a Texas outfit ..

    that put a few of our locals out of work..

    ans he was instrumental in railroading Geo Ryan into prison “Only because he wanted to incorporate the Tollway system into IDOT….

    If that would have happened The Democrats would have lost their Cash Cow

  8. Bill, What about sleaze Edgar and MSI?

    We know about Ryan, but the Secy of State’s office was not pristine under Edgar and ruined by Geo. Ryan.

    Big Jim Thompson, too, our closet case crook and 9/11 Commission fake co-chair.

    Let’s face it Every gov. Since “temp.state income tax” liar Ogilvie ….. Kerner, Shapiro, Walker, every one of them a crook, including Fatso tax cheat Pritzker.

  9. Personally, I think Blagojevich was the best of the rotten lot.

    Why was he singled out for silencing?

  10. These comments are really something.

    ABut the NWH won’t allow such comments.

    Such comments wreck their lying narrative.

  11. He is an arrogant ass.

    Period.

    It will not take long for his ‘mouth’ to get him right back in the big house.

    Waiting…for him to slam Franks who was so proud of having a stake in putting him away.

    Not that I care what the idiot says,but it will be entertaining to say the least.

  12. “And bite me Biden is 78. Bolshevik Bernie is 78. Mini Mikey B is 78. The Democrats need to do better. And the fake Indian is 71”. This just in, our six-times-bankrupt and sexual assaulter-in-chief just turned 35 last summer. How old is our sunshine blogger? Reliable sources indicate he is 185 years old. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, 257 days, tic,tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  13. Fourteen years for white collar crime/shenanigans seem excessive when compared to far lesser sentences for violent crimes such as rape, armed robbery and violence.

    Perhaps we will see evidence of white collar crime in Washington DC when U.S. Attorney Durham finishes his investigation of the conspiracy to frame Trump with the phony Russia Collusion. Already evidence available that shows persons in the federal bureau went to FISA Court using fraudulent document (Trump Dosier) to get FISA warrants to spy on an American named Page and also on the Trump Campaign/Administration. The bogus Trump Dosier was authorized to be created and was funded by thug Hillary Clinton.

  14. “Laws are for little (goyim) people” Roman Polanski.

    Weinstein? Madoff? Schiff? Nadler? Bernie? Bloomie? Karl Marx? Jack Ruby? Leon Trotsky? Meyer Lansky?

    Jonathan Pollard? Julius & Ethel Rosenberg? Georgie Soros? Arnie Rothstein (Black Sox scandal)?

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