“A little disappointed”, says Governor Tim Walz about President Trump commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who served eight years of a 14-year term for political corruption. Governor Walz says there was extensive prosecution and a jury rendered verdicts, plus he never heard Blagojevich say he’s sorry. “Elected officials need to be held to a very, very high standard, and anything that is corruption while in office, I think the bar to commute something like that is almost impossibly high,” Walz says.
President Trump tweeted that Blagojevich “did not sell the Senate seat” vacated in 2008 by then President-elect Barack Obama. Prosecutors say they arrested Blagojevich to thwart his plan to make an appointment to the Senate seat in exchange for campaign contributions.