Rod Blagojevich shows support for Trump after former president's guilty verdict – NBC Chicago

Former President Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 counts in a hush-money trial in New York on Thursday. The former military commander received support from a former Illinois state politician who benefited from Trump during his time in office.

Rod Blagojevich, governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009, signaled his support for Trump, who commuted Blagojevich's prison sentence into a pardon in January 2020, in a social media post.

“I love Trump more now than ever!” Blagojevich said in the post. “When you've experienced it yourself, you can tell when they're doing it to someone else. The political manipulation was there from the start. Disgraceful and corrupt convictions of the opposition party's front-runner by a hand-picked politicized Democrat judge who denied a former president a chance to defend himself and allowed ridiculously unlawful jury instructions. This Democrat judge and these Democrat prosecutors should go straight to fucking prison for what they're doing to our democracy and our country,” Blagojevich said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

In January 2009, Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office after being found guilty in a public corruption trial of attempting to sell the Senate seat of newly elected President Barack Obama.

Blagojevich was sentenced to prison in March 2012 after being found guilty in July 2011 on 17 charges, including ten counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery and four counts of extortion.

The former governor of Illinois served nearly eight years of his 14-year sentence in a federal prison.

In the post, Blagojevich appeared to draw parallels between his own prosecution and that of Trump.

Blagojevich's commutation was far from the first time the former Illinois governor had had dealings with Trump, as Blagojevich was previously a contestant on Season 3 of The Celebrity Apprentice. Blagojevich was fired by Trump in the fourth episode of the season.

You can find further reactions from local politicians to the historic verdict here.

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