Pardons

Trump "strongly considering" commuting Blagojevich's prison sentence

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers before turning himself in to prison in Littleton, Colorado, to begin his 14-year prison sentence
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich before turning himself in to authorities in Littleton, Colorado, to begin his prison sentence in 2012. Photo: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

President Trump told reporters Wednesday he's "strongly considering" commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), the New York Times reports.

Details: "I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly," the president said of Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year prison sentence following a 2011 conviction on corruption charges, per the Wall Street Journal, which notes the Democrat appeared on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show in 2010. "I think it’s enough, 7 years."

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NY legislature passes bill to soften Trump's pardon power

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New York's Democratically controlled state assembly passed a measure on Tuesday permitting prosecutors to pursue state charges against any individual who receives a presidential pardon for a federal conviction, targeting President Trump's pardon power, NBC News reports.

Context: State law does not currently allow a person to be tried for the same crime that the federal government has already prosecuted. The bill would establish a limited exception within New York's double jeopardy law, allowing state prosecutors to open or proceed with investigations into any pardoned person who, while in the state of New York, served in a president's administration, worked on a campaign or transition into the White House, or was employed by a nonprofit or business controlled by the president, per NBC.