Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Released Following Trump's Commutation

Updated at 8:43 p.m. ET Ex-governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich was released from federal prison Tuesday evening following a commutation earlier in the day from President Trump that cut short his punishment on corruption charges over his attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by then-President Barack Obama. The White House announced that Blagojevich is among 11 people who received clemency. Those individuals include Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a...

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Updated at 8:43 p.m. ET

Ex-governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich was released from federal prison Tuesday evening following a commutation earlier in the day from President Trump that cut short his punishment on corruption charges over his attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by then-President Barack Obama.

The White House announced that Blagojevich is among 11 people who received clemency.

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