Donald Trump is expected to receive the 14-year sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and grace former New York City police chief Bernie Kerik commutes.
Blagojevich, who was detained for pleading bribes, including those for the Senate seat once owned by Barack Obama, had his sentence converted.
“Yes, we converted Rod Blogojevitch’s sentence,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before leaving for a trip to the west coast. “I don’t know him, but he seems like a nice person.”
“He’s a democrat, not a republican,” the president added. “It was a ridiculous sentence in my opinion.”
Kerik, who was a police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks and found guilty of tax fraud and false declarations in 2009, receives full grace.
“I just granted Bernie Kerik,” the president said. “He suffered enormously and paid a great price.”
But he would not say if he would forgive Roger Stone afterwards.
“I didn’t think about it,” Trump said.
Donald Trump is expected to receive the 14-year sentence of the former Illinois Gov. Convert Rod Blagojevich
Trump is reportedly to pardon former New York City police chief Bernie Kerik
Kerik was appointed police commissioner by Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is now Trump’s lawyer.
In June 2006, Kerik pleaded with the Bronx Supreme Court guilty of two ethical violations. Kerik acknowledged that during the time he was Iraqi Interior Minister – under President George W. Bush – he accepted an interest-free $ 250,000 loan from Israeli billionaire Eitan Wertheimer and failed to report this.
In November 2007, Kerik was indicted by a federal grand jury in White Plains, New York on charges of tax fraud and making false statements to the federal government about the loan.
He later pleaded guilty to eight felony taxes and false declaration messages and was sentenced to 48 months in prison and three years of controlled release. That time ended in October 2016.
Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, has been a resident of the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado since March 15, 2012. His expected release date was 2024, taking into account two years of credit for good behavior.
As governor, he was in charge of appointing a successor to Obama’s Senate seat after Obama was elected president.
In 2009, Blagojevich appeared on NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, the reality TV program that was subsequently organized by Trump.
The news follows Trump’s decision to former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. on Tuesday and has increased speculation that he will apply his presidential power to Roger Stone.
Several former NFL players were in the White House on Tuesday – including Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Charles Haley and Ronnie Lott – to talk to the president about DeBartolo.
They praised the decision to grant him grace.
“I’m taking my hat off for Donald Trump for what he did,” Rice said.
President Donald Trump forgave the former owner of San Francisco’s 49ers Edward DeBartolo Jr.
Eddie DeBartolo committed guilty of not reporting a crime and was fined $ 1 million and two years of probation
Pastor Darrell Scott, former NFL player Jim Brown, and White House Deputy Secretary Hogan Gidley step out of the West Wing after talking to DeBartolo with President Trump
Brown called DeBartolo a “big man.”
DeBartolo paid $ 400,000 to former La. Government Edwin Edwards to win a casino license for a riverboat in 1998.
He committed guilty of not accusing a crime and received a $ 1 million fine and a two-year suspended sentence. And he was suspended by the NFL for a year.
The son of a leading real estate development family, DeBartolo owned the 49ers for 23 years and won five Super Bowls as their owner. He resigned as owner in 1997 after two Louisiana newspapers reported that he would be charged with gambling fraud.
In 1992, DeBartolo was accused of sexual abuse by a cocktail waitress he met at a local bar in California. He denied any misconduct and was never charged, but allegedly paid $ 200,000 to settle the case out of court.
Rice, who won three Super Bowls with the 49ers as a broad receiver, praised DeBartolo for the ownership of the team.
“It was all about family. That is really what they stood for. And that’s why I think we’ve won so many championships, “Rice said.
“Eddie was like that 12th man on that soccer field. You know this guy, you know, he wanted us to win. And I think he’s the main reason why we won so many Super Bowls. So today is a great day for him. I am happy to be here and to be part of it. And you know, it’s just something I’ll never forget. You know, this man, he has done so much in the community, he has done so much in NFL football, “he commented.
Former NFL football player Jerry Rice praised Trump’s decision
Former NFL football player Jim Brown has long been a supporter of Trump
DeBartolo’s grace comes amid speculation that Trump will grant Roger Stone grace
Jim Brown, who praised Trump’s decision, is a long-standing proponent of the president who co-hosted an inauguration party after Trump won the 2016 election.
DeBartolo organized that event together with Brown, who honored those close to the president, including Michael Cohen, the then personal attorney of Trump who later went to jail for violation of campaign finance and tax fraud, and Omarosa Manigault Newman, the “apprentice” participant became Assistant to the White House who was later fired from that position.
The former fullback for the Cleveland, Brown was also at the White House in October 2018 when Trump met rapper Kayne West in the Oval Office.
In the meantime, Trump used his pardon for DeBartolo, because speculation has begun that he can do the same for his old friend and former campaigner Roger Stone.
Stone was convicted on seven points, including tampering with witnesses and lying to investigators, as part of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump called the case against Stone “infected” in a tweet on Tuesday morning, but the judge refused a motion by Stone’s lawyers for a new trial.