Lightfoot Expresses Mixed Feelings About Early Release For Blagojevich

Craig Dellimore
August 08, 2019 - 3:21 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is weighing in on the prospect of a presidential pardon for imprisoned former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

Lightfoot on Thursday acknowledged that President Trump’s remarks that he’s likely to commute the sentence of the disgraced ex-governor is welcome news to the Blagojevich family.

The former federal prosecutor said she’s less certain what it means for the legal system. The president doesn’t seem to have any respect for the rule of law, she said, given some of the figures for whom he’s used his presidential powers.

“If you look at the track record, he’s pardoned Sheriff Arpaio, he’s pardoned Scooter Libby, and now he’s dangling the carrot in front of the Blagojevich family, which frankly is pretty cruel, given how both the wife and the daughters have been devastated by the incarceration of the former governor,” Lightfoot said.

She declined to say whether she thinks Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence was too long. She noted, though, that he has never offered an apology for his wrongdoing.

Trump on Wednesday signaled he's leaning toward commuting the sentence of Blagojevich, who was convicted of political corruption. Blagojevich appeared on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" show after he was removed from office.