Donald J. Trump gave a pardon some guy named Dinesh D’Souza today. Who is that? I have no idea. I glanced at the guy’s wikipedia and was bored, so, let’s get down to business:
On Thursday, Trump indicated for the first time he’s been listening. He told reporters aboard Air Force One he is considering commuting Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence, which he described as an overly harsh penalty for what essentially amounted to a “foolish statement.”
Source: Chicago Tribune
Maybe Blagojevich shouldn’t get too excited. We all know that Trump is known to be less than truthful on Air Force One. But, Rod and Don go way back to Season 3 of the Celebrity Apprentice. A season that Rod was filming while awaiting Trial for his Political Corruption.
Let’s run it down:
Blagojevich, in 2008, was arrested in an investigation where he was taped trying to sell Barack Obama’s (REMEMBER THAT DUDE) Senate Seat. The investigation was wrapped up in weeks. Mueller…get some tapes already and wrap this up, man!
“I mean, I’ve got this thing, and it’s fucking…golden. I’m not just giving it away for nothing.” – Blagojevich.
And, here are the things wiki alleges Blago wanted for the Seat…
A substantial salary for himself at either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.
Placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year.
Promises of campaign funds—including cash up front.
A Cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself to Serbia.
Moving on from that, he was upset that Obama wanted Valarie Jarrett (of Roseanne racism fame this week) to have his Senate seat and only offered up gratitude. Obama! Come on, man.
Oh, and before Celebrity Apprentice? He tried to get on Reality TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here…only to have the Judge deny him…which resulted in his wife being sent in his place and eating a dead tarantula. I watched this on TV in 2009. In my defense, I was unemployed. But, don’t worry about me, I’m so thoroughly employed now that I am too busy to write this article in anything other than a hodge-podge of Blago High Notes.
Anyway, In his second trial, Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 charges, including everything to do with the Senate seat.
All of this is to say that when he gets out…hooo boy. We are in for a Treat. What is Trump railing on right now? SPY-GATE. Informants. Tapes. All of that. And, Blagojevich? He was taken down by that first hand. By Robert Mueller’s FBI.
What can you expect if Trump does commute his sentence? Likely Blagojevich on television, talking down Robert Mueller’s FBI for having the audacity to investigate his corruption. Does that make any sense? Of course not. But, nothing is logical in Trump-World.
I fully expect Trump to say, after commuting the sentence, “some people are saying that Rod Blagojevich is the gold standard for political corruption. And, everyone knows, believe me, that I have done less wrong, so much less wrong, than Rod Blagojevich. And, they let him out of jail, so he can’t be that bad! Which means I have done nothing wrong, ok.”
Still, Rod Blagojevich’s freedom is a gift for all of us. Let’s enjoy it.