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Rev. Jackson Asks Trump To Pardon Blagojevich

July 15, 2019 - 9:41 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson is asking President Trump to pardon ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who has served just over 7 years of his 14-year sentence on federal corruption charges.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

President Trump said last year that he was considering commuting Blagojevich's sentence.

Jackson has sent the president a letter asking that Trump grant Blagojevich a full pardon.

"I feel that Blagojevich should be returned to his family -- and another chance at life,” Jackson said Monday.

"Fourteen years is a long time, if you consider Cohen, dealing with President Trump, has three years minus. You've got Epstein, who is running a ring of children, got one year minus."

Jackson was referring to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Jackson has not had a response from the White House, he said.

The letter is signed by Rev. Jackson and his son, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., who himself did federal prison time.

Rev. Jackson noted it was 20 years ago when he and then-Congressman Blagojevich went to Serbia to secure the release of three American soldiers who had been taken prisoner during the Kosovo War.