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Illinois Republicans Urge Trump to Not Commute Blagojevich Sentence

Illinois Congressional Republicans are calling on President Trump to reconsider any plans to commute former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s sentence, saying that such an action would “send a damaging message.” Trump first floated the idea at the beginning of June, saying he was considering commuting Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence for corruption for for what he called “being stupid and saying things that every other politician, you know that many other politicians say.” “As you well know, the integrity of our democracy and the core of American values depend on our elected officials being honest in upholding the trust given to them by the American people,” reads the letter, which was signed by Illinois Republican congressional delegation. “Granting clemency to Rod Blagojevich would go against this trust.” (Politico)

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