Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich holds news conference | USA TODAY

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich holds a news conference after his release from federal prison.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked out of federal prison late Tuesday evening and flew back to Chicago after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence.

Speaking to Chicago TV station WGN-TV, Blagojevich said he was "grateful" to Trump.

"He didn’t have to do this, he’s a Republican president and I was a Democratic governor. I’ll have a lot more to say tomorrow.” Blagojevich, 63, told WGN-TV in an interview on the Denver airport tram on his way out of Colorado.

Blagojevich, a Democrat and one-time contestant on "The Celebrity Apprentice," had been serving a 14-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison. He was convicted in 2011 of federal charges of using his powers as governor to extract campaign money and other political favors in exchange for naming a successor to fill the Illinois Senate seat left open when Barack Obama became president, but Trump objected to the length of his sentence.

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29 Comments on "Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich holds news conference | USA TODAY"

  1. Awesome! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? 🙂

  2. “Persecution masquerading as Prosecution”! What a great quote!

    • gardensofthegods | February 19, 2020 at 4:08 PM | Reply

      Yes I gave you a thumbs up on that…. is there any way you could let me know if I’ve been shadowbanned…. that is when a person puts in a comment and no one can see it only the person who put it there can see…. also they’ve been Burying my comments lately where it’ll show up 20 or even 40 spaces down as soon as I say it .
      The only way I normally nowadays can communicate with people is if I replied to their comments and we can chit chat in the thread but a number of my initial comments to begin a thread are being shadowbanned

  3. He had black hair before he went to the jail.

  4. Selling seats is not illegal his mistake was talking about selling it behind closed doors which really is not the worst crime in history of US politics like some people are acting like

  5. Blagojevich was set up by obama , he was never guilty

  6. Type “blago” into the search box and witness suppression of Google’s search algorithm in a remarkable way.

  7. Lucky to be white enough to get commuted.

  8. Marilyn Easterly | February 19, 2020 at 2:47 PM | Reply

    “Hope, is better than dispare”!!!

    • gardensofthegods | February 19, 2020 at 4:03 PM | Reply

      Can you please tell me if you see the comment I made because I think I’ve been shadowbanned where only I can see it and no one else can…. could you please just check … I’m not talking about this reply to you but I’m talking about a new comment anywhere in the comment section where one would initiate one

  9. I love this get the hell out of Illinois u robbedus enough and should have been left in jail

  10. illuminated one | February 19, 2020 at 3:09 PM | Reply

    im glad your home thanks pres trump

  11. gardensofthegods | February 19, 2020 at 3:36 PM | Reply

    That was a really beautiful speech he made and I’m glad I watched it….. that was fascinating the story about his father . I’m so glad he also spoke out against the horrible privatized system of Prisons we have here and I’m glad he really pointed out some hard statistics .
    More people need to do their research and know about how horrible the privatized prison system is here and how it ties in with Manufacturing and I’m not just talkin about license plates .
    ( and Google YouTube have been demoting my comments for almost a week now… as soon as I post them I count down and they’re coming in around 21st when no new comments are coming in….. yesterday they were coming in 41 .
    Big brother is alive and well with the censorship and burying comments…. I have been discussing this with several people .)

  12. Blago showed class in his press conference. I think he still has a future in politics.

    • gardensofthegods | February 19, 2020 at 3:40 PM | Reply

      I’m really glad I watched this and that was a beautiful speech…. I am so glad he spoke out against the horrible corrupt privatized prison system we have here

  13. NextStageFitness | February 19, 2020 at 3:55 PM | Reply

    14 F’ing years for what? Trump is the greatest president we have ever had.

  14. omnia resipsaloquitor | February 19, 2020 at 4:05 PM | Reply

    this inner city born viet vet chicagoan LOYOLA U. CLASS OF 72 SEZ WELCOME HOME MY BROTHER……HAIL TO THE CHIEF !! TRUMP THE MERCIFUL !!!

  15. why was anyone covering this? who knos his new address so he can be welcomed correctly.

  16. Walter Chernicki | February 19, 2020 at 5:16 PM | Reply

    Return of the hero

  17. Open air corruption.

  18. Blago suffered mental anguish like Jesus had to suffer physical pain. He did no wrong.
    The REAL criminals of Illinois never had to serve a day in jail.

  19. Boxing Brain187 | February 19, 2020 at 6:21 PM | Reply


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