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"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Political Scandals
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"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Political Scandals
"Usually the proverbial October surprise a scandal revealed right before an election kills a contenders chances. But even with the FBI openly investigating him in a close confident indicted on criminal charges. Rod Somehow won reelection by ten points in hindsight that's probably because he massively outspent his Republican opponent by twenty one million dollars. Corruption indeed pays the campaign bills. No matter what Rod Blagojevich did his personal charisma and deep connections around Chicago simply outweighed the corruption. His ironic crookedness seemed to appeal to fans it fed into the rock and roll persona eight cultivated since boyhood in December of two thousand seven federal. Investigators indicted another insider Chris Kelly. They didn't manage to get him on fraud itself but it charge of tax evasion for the one million dollars of income connected with the Blagojevich campaign would do as they say. It's not the crime that gets you but the cover up. Kelly got away with taking kickbacks but the irs wasn't going to let him fail to pay taxes on them through two thousand seven and two thousand eight. As Barack Obama began his historic presidential campaign. It seemed like the FBI was never going to get anything. Concrete on governor himself the closest thing they got to a smoking gun at least for a while was a document in which Blagojevich boasted about rewarding supporters campaign contributions with quote contracts legal work and investment banking. It wasn't enough evidence to file charges so the FBI just released it to the public hoping it would prompt whistle blowers to come forward unexpectedly the FBI's actions did way on the state legislature even though blog oh was still popular with his own base the Illinois State House and Senate were tired of his corrupt antics. They started discussing impeachment. Blagojevich was publicly defiant privately though he was desperate for an exit ramp out of the governorship lest he ended up in prison. Like his predecessors he thought Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat might be just the loophole by early fall. In two thousand eight Obama was neck and neck for the presidency as governor it would fall to rod to appoint his replacement in the United States. Senate Rod saw two promising options. His first preference was for Obama's team to pick a replacement and in exchange for Begovic appointing their preferred choice. They'd give blog a Primo job at the federal level. He told friends that he'd like to be either secretary of health. And Human Services or ambassador to India. The second option which rod like less was just to appoint himself to the Senate running a campaign while under FBI investigation wasn't ideal but it would get him out of the governorship without the embarrassment of impeachment or arrest. There was one big problem with that plan the FBI was still wiretapping him. Rod should have guessed based on the arrests of his key advisors that his own phones were bugged but governor sunshine had an ego the size of Texas. It never even occurred to him that the FBI would have the audacity to tap his personal phone lines. When agents working the case realized Rod was trying to sell a Senate seat. They were dumbfounded. They knew the governor of Illinois was crooked but they had no idea he was this ignorant or reckless in November of two thousand. Eight Barack Obama won the presidency through his staff. He reached out to Rob Blagojevich and suggested his longtime confidant and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett for his Senate seat but he didn't make an offer of a federal job in return. Rod was outraged in a recorded phone. Call the governor ranted. Do they think I would just appoint Valerie Jarrett for nothing. Just to make him happy incensed. He decided to approach someone else. Jesse Jackson Junior the son of his old friend Jackson couldn't offer rata job but maybe he would raise enough money for a large bribe. Ultimately though Jackson wasn't willing to pay he later claimed not to even have understood that. The governor was asking for a bribe with the no big offers forthcoming rod returned to plan B. Appointing himself. Chicago's biggest papers. Were starting to call for his impeachment but if he made it to the US Senate they probably wouldn't expel him. Expelling senators for actions. Taken in previous offices would set a precedent endangering other incumbents even if he lost the Senate seat after one term. It'd be easier to take than impeachment no matter how crafty the plan the FBI had waited far too long to let him get away before Rod could appoint himself to the Senate. They moved in based on wiretaps whistle blowers and his arrested former associates. They had plenty of evidence to make an arrest so around six. Am on December ninth. Two Thousand Eight A team of FBI AGENTS. Watch the sunrise from rods. Ravens would manner driveway then charged into arrest him. He was booked before nine. Am by eleven thirty. His wife was dropping off a suit to wear while hearing a judge. Read the charges against him. Rod was due for an ugly surprise. The counts weren't limited to just the Senate seat. They also included his trading of state jobs and appointments for campaign donations. He would be charged with wire fraud. Mail fraud racketeering. Extortion conspiracy attempted extortion and making false statements to federal agents. All in all there would be over twenty charges presented to a grand jury..
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Political Scandals
"Chicago's city motto is orbs in Horo Latin for city in a garden because of its many beautiful parks nevertheless abundant. Greenery isn't what comes to mind when most people think Chicago something. People do associate with the city corruption in the news media. Chicago style. Machine politics has long served as useful shorthand for bribery voter fraud and all kinds of election. Rigging four of the State's last eleven governors have ended up in prison the University of Illinois at Chicago ranked Chicago as America's most corrupt city. It's also debatably. One of the last cities still running a true political machine to understand why it helps to point to the late nineteenth century across America. New Emigrants arrived in the US and were told to register for political parties precinct. Captains directed them who to vote for in return politicians doled out government work notably in Chicago. Irish immigrants were promised control of the Police Department migrants then especially non-protestants had been shut out of most private sector jobs. The only way to make sure new arrivals got a shot. At the American dream was to provide them with government work. Political machines sprang up in every city to service. Those needs in exchange for power in most of America. Political machines eventually collapsed as their leaders lost elections to reformers from the opposition party but not in Chicago. The city really only has one party. Chicago's last Republican Mayor Left Office in. Nineteen thirty one ever since it's been one big democratic machine even though the state of Illinois has had numerous Republican governors in the interim that's the environment in which rod are Blagojevich. Cut His teeth in politics by the way that initial doesn't stand for anything. Blog has no legal middle name but uses are to honor his father Rod Blagojevich Rod born in Chicago on December tenth. Nineteen fifty six was proud of his father's Serbian heritage. But he was even more proud to be American. As a child he fell in love with Elvis Presley. The King of rock and roll he watched Elvis's performances on TV learning to sing all his idol songs. He could even mimic his body. Language that swagger would later serve him. Well in politics part diehard Elvis Fan Parts Sports jock young Rod Sprang into working as a shoeshine boy with a prodigious memory. At an early age he learned to memorize long lists pretty soon. He was using that same method to remember everyone he met. But Alas while Rod had some unique gifts he wasn't born a genius after graduating from High School in nineteen seventy five with lousy grades and test scores. He headed off to the University of Tampa. Currently Tampa is ranked by Forbes as the four hundred thirty third best university in the United States two years at Tampa was all it took for Rod to buckle down and improve his. Gpa In one thousand nine hundred seventy seven at age twenty he was able to transfer to Chicago's esteemed not Western University. Rod Hope to stay home in Illinois for good when he first moved back though. Rod didn't even know ward. He voted in. Chicago is divided into fifty wards each represented on the city council by its own official. These aldermen are similar to city council members but are more numerous and cover smaller districts each acts with pseudo mural power. They're often known for doing favors for constituents this once boring and complicated system now appeal to Rod. He started getting seriously interested in Chicago politics. His interest began as many things. In the world of political scandals do with Alexander Hamilton. Rod was infatuated with the ideals of the controversial founding father. He even memorized large portions of the federalist papers. Rod opted to major in history and enjoyed debating. His classmates always representing a conservative federalist point of view by the time he graduated in nineteen seventy nine. Rod had a plan to join politics just like his beloved Hamilton but first he wanted to become a lawyer. Northwestern and University of Chicago's law schools both rejected him as he did about as well on his L. Sets as he had on the act's instead he packed his bags for Pepperdine University in Malibu California a creature of habit rod soon fell back to pulling mediocre grades with all the fun of Malibu distracting him from his classes. He was unfocused. He later joked that he studied so little. He barely knew where the law library was. Unlike in Tampa Rod never really got his act together at Pepperdine. His academic merit wasn't carving a strong path for a future lawyer so in one thousand nine hundred eighty two. He tried out another track towards power. Patronage Rod Blagojevich was friendly with Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdoljak who was also a lawyer. When rod came home for the summer between his second and third years of law school his father got him meeting. Rod Left VRDOLJAK's office with a summer job as a Chicago. Leclerc Rod knew. He hadn't really earned what he was being offered yet. He didn't have time to doubt whether or not he should accept. He was just grateful and took time to express it by returning to the Alderman's office the next day just to say thanks after graduating in one thousand nine hundred eighty three rod spent some time in private practice then applied to be an assistant state's attorney for Cook County. He asked a friend's brother for help in getting in the door. Another favor owed but young rod wasn't thinking about how he might have to pay it back. Asa's in Chicago are pretty much. What assistant district attorneys are elsewhere prosecutors in rods case mostly of boring petty crimes that First Year? Nineteen eighty-six Alderman for DOLE EAC s rod to help one of his allies. Who is up for reelection? It was rods first time ever working on a real campaign. All he had to do was canvas. A neighborhood andropov flyers. Rod had a great time talking to voters. It didn't even dim his shine when the candidate lost. If anything rod was inspired to build connections and attend fundraisers one of the people he met was a powerful Alderman Dick Melle Mel a self made millionaire and kingmaker Chicago. Politics was best known for sabotaging. The city's first Black Mayor Harold Washington by blocking funding for WHO's infrastructure plan. One night in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight thirty one year old Rod Blagojevich attended his first event at Mel's house you wouldn't know. He was an aspiring politician though since he spent the entire evening. Talking to the Alderman's twenty three year old daughter Patti attractive will read and recently single. Patty Mel was tied to one of the most powerful political dynasties on the Chicago City Council. She was rods dream woman within a few weeks. They were dating after a few months. They were going steady. Go incidentally so was rods career by the end of the year. Rod was working part time as a staffer for her dad and being paid out of position. That's an Alderman's way of saying he's not officially on payroll but we cobbled together. Some money for a job for him namely rod salary came from four different government bank accounts. Dick Mel didn't mind taking care of his daughters new boyfriend. He even hoped stick around. Did He ever on August Twenty Fifth Nineteen Ninety Rod and Patty Remarried Alderman? Mel was thrilled. And not just on his daughter's behalf see mel did have a son but he just wasn't cut out for politics in Rod Blagojevich. Dick Mel saw political air. He had always wanted so with the wedding in the rear view. Alderman Mel got busy launching his son in laws political career in nineteen ninety two about a redistricting created an open spot in the state legislature conveniently located in Alderman Malls thirty third ward on the northwest side. A seven turn. Incumbent wanted the seat but mel thought thirty five year old rod should have it. Alderman male warned his son in law that the election would be tough but if he beats such a strong incumbent on his first try rod would be making an entrance into politics. That people would notice her. Mel's advice. Rod campaigned hard as a reform candidate. He met practically everyone in the district and used his sterling memory to recall what they cared about. The Chicago Tribune gave him. Its endorsement an important nod of approval in Chicago on Election Day. Rod won in a landslide with a four thousand vote margin among seventeen thousand votes cast. Rod called his mother that night and told her about his win. The elderly. Mrs Blagojevich had just two requests. Promise meal always be honest and promise me you won't take bribes of course Illinois's newest state legislator agreed to both. He had no idea how soon he'd break his word as his burgeoning career leapt forward. That's up next now back to the story on March Seventeenth Nineteen ninety-two rookie politician. Rod Blagojevich was elected to the Illinois. State legislature beatings seven term incumbent. Myron coolest thirty five year old Nagoya Vich ran as a reformer pledging to clean up corruption. But there's always a wink and a nod to that kind of platform and Chicago. Everyone in the city hates corruption.
State panel recommends ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich be disbarred
"State panel recommending rod Blagojevich be discarded USA radio's Chris Barnes reports the ruling by the Illinois attorney registration and disciplinary commission came a week after the three member panel heard arguments over whether the former democratic Illinois governor's law license should be revoked we're going to miss didn't attend the hearing the final decision will be made by the Illinois Supreme Court going which is been in the spotlight again recently since being released from prison last month after president trump commuted his sentence he had served nearly eight years behind bars for federal corruption charges
Chicago: Illinois Attorney Registration And Disciplinary Commission Recommends Disbarring Rod Blagojevich
"Of them we sent the rod Blagojevich was freed from prison sentence commuted by the president the former Illinois governor could be disbarred state panel is recommending he be stripped of his law license the ruling by the Illinois attorney registration and disciplinary commission comes a week after commission attorneys reminded the three member board about things that led to bill going victories conviction on corruption charges and his fourteen year prison sentence the Illinois Supreme Court would have to approve the panel's decision before he suspended license is permanently
Is Trump abusing his power over the judiciary?
"This is news in focus where we offer our insights into the stories that matter before we go any further. I want to address today. Sentencing of a man Roger Stone Roger Stone. He's become the sentencing of Roger Stone. A LONGTIME CONFIDANTE DONALD TRUMP for lying to Congress obstruction and witness tampering was mired in controversy. Over how the. Us Justice Department handled the case under public pressure from the president. Mr Stone received a forty month sentence whereas prosecutors had recommended that he serve up to nine years. This followed seven cases of presidential clemency for White Collar criminals whose convictions included extortion fraud and lying to White House officials. Yes we have commuted. The sentence of Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in jail We have Birdie character we have Mike Milkin. Who's gone around and done an incredible job? Offer is the independence of America's judiciary under threat. Or as Mr Trump simply using the powers a lot to him on the line with me to discuss this is ed loose. Us National Editor and columnist and Cottam Schober US legal and enforcement correspondent. I let's hear a clip from president trump taken. Just a couple of days before stone sentencing. Just so you understand. I chose not to be involved. I'm allowed to be totally involved. I'm actually I guess the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country but I've chosen not to be involved but he is a man of great integrity. But I would be. I could be involved if I wanted to be man of integrity he is referring to is the US Attorney General William Bar but is this credible given the tweets he published before the sentencing of Roger. Stone got tell us first about the case of Roger Stone which you've covered for the F. T. Who was he exactly? What was his crime? And was the sentence particularly lenient for this kind of case. Roger Stone is a flamboyant veteran political operative in the US. His career goes all the way back to working on Richard Nixon's election campaign and he has basically been the person you call as a Republican presidential candidate. When you want to get your hands dirty. He called himself a dirty trickster and he is an expert in this sort of Makir side politics in the two thousand sixteen election. He was a sort of informal adviser to Donald Trump. And one of the things he was trying to do was make contact with wikileaks. When it became known that wikileaks had a trove of hacked emails from the Democrats to use it for political gain. The thing that he was convicted of is in two thousand seventeen when Congress began investigating. What exactly went on to twenty sixteen election? The House Intelligence Committee called on Mr Stone and asked him about some of the comments he had made during the campaign and Mr Stone lied to. Congress about who is intermediary was or who he was referring to when he was talking about having an intermediary allied when. He said that he didn't have any documents or any written materials or any taxed of his conversations with that intermediary. The sentence he eventually received was actually probably pretty in line with what other sort of white collar criminals convicted of lying to. Congress or the government have received the key issue in his case was he had threatened a longtime friend of his who was also another witness. Basically saying don't contradict my story and those thrashed included threatening his dog for example the key issue at stake was whether he was serious about that and whether therefore has sent should be jacked up significantly because he had made violent threats and eventually the judge took the view that although it was serious that he'd made violent threats. The person that he had threatened didn't actually feel like they were going to experience violence. Ed Tell us a bit more about Mr Stone. And the history of his friendship with the President and whether you think Mr Trump's tweets constituted interference in the judicial process. Yeah as I said. He's a flamboyant dirty tricks. Who GOES WAY BACK TO LATE? Six hundred seventy trump maximum in the late seventies. He was introduced to try but he quickly hit it off. They shed philosophy of you know playing to win that no method is invalid. Never apologize never explain. Stone set up with couple of other people are very well known lobby group in Washington. One of his clients was trump who was seeking tax breaks a casino. He was setting up in Atlantic City. And really they've been great friends since then so the ties between trump and stone go along way that very deep and they're often allegedly nefarious in terms of the League outlook from this. I have no doubt that trump will seek to podcastone fast opportunity. Trump's on the Guy Senate acquittal spring cleaning of his administration ruthlessly seeking out anybody who isn't very very loyal so to get rid of weather that Meghan appointees the civil savage. Anybody perceive does slightly disloyal. Not Enough is being pledged. Loyalty is a hugely important hugely. Important thing to trump and stern has shown loyalty he has not. He is not divulged things that have damaged the president. He's showing toughness. He's been very Trumpian in how he's dealt with. Franchi's accused the judge me by of being a biased judge which she's rejected this very trumpian and I have no doubt that it will culminate in at some point. President trump pardoning Roger Stern question about what trump actually did part of the reason. Roger Stone was so controversial. Was that line prosecutors involved in this case we're uncomfortable with what Mr Trump and the justice department we're doing. Can you explain that to viewers and why it was such a problem so there are four prosecutors who secured Mrs Jones conviction trial so the trial team? They filed their sentencing recommendation which was seven to nine years which there's no bones about it. That's a serious sentence for anybody to serve and then that evening all of a sudden early hours of the morning so after midnight trump tweets calling it a miscarriage of justice. He says this is unacceptable and Lo and behold the very next day the DOJ which is the US Department of Justice DOJ officials. Start saying that they agree that the sense would be unwarranted and adair kind of reverse it. The following day afternoon we see all four the prosecutors quit the case including one of them actually quits his job at the DOJ entirely and subsequently a new sentencing recommendation is put forward. Which says we'RE NOT GONNA ask for a particular sentence but it ought to be far less than seven to nine years. The idea that four prosecutors would quit a case. All at once is astonishing and it was a very serious and important moment and DOJ his trip shook the DOJ. It was a very dramatic moment in Washington and the question then was was doj senior leadership. William bar the. Us Attorney General. Was He reacting to an order from trump or was something else going on now the lion that DOJ has stuck to is that there was a miscommunication between the US Attorney's office in Washington DC and between main justice headquarters also in DC? But they're separate offices. Basically Mr. Barr says he was not expecting to see a seventy nine year recommendation. The new prosecutor brought on sat at the sentencing that the prosecutors who filed a recommendation that you good faith and thought that they had been given approval to do so and so Mr Bar said listen. This is not about trump. This is about. I think that that sentence was appropriate and I was not told about what was going on. The important thing here is whether or not Mr trump explicitly ordered the attorney general chains recommendation. It's still gets to this question about how our friends of the president being treated in their cases now it's pretty common across the US for federal prosecutors to request tough even harsh sentences. That's not unknown. You don't often see the attorney general weighing in to ask for lighter sentences and certainly DOJ policy at the moment is to prosecute people to the fullest extent of the law to secure the longer sentences possible so whether or not Mr Trump's tweets were an express order to Mr Bar that he followed a whether he was acting independently. It still gets to this question about if your friend of the president. How are you going to be treated by this? Doj while we're on the subject of Friends of the president. The other thing that happened last week was a series of presidential pardons for White Collar criminals specifically several that have connections to Mr Trump. I talk about Michael Milkin. What did he do and why does it matter that he was pardoned? Michael Milkin is to people on Wall Street a hero. He effectively invented the junk bond or high yield bond market in the eighties and then he was brought low by prosecutors and the SEC and eventually guilty to securities fraud and nine hundred ninety. He served about twenty two months in prison after being initially sentenced to ten years. Ever since then he's been rebuilding his reputation. He's a philanthropist. Now has the Milken Institute and for a long time people on Wall Street rich and powerful people have felt that he was prosecuted unjustly and deserved a pardon. The other person. Mr Trump pardon rod blagojevich is perhaps less of a popular figure in any area. He was the former Democratic governor of Illinois and was prosecuted for trying to extort a children's Hospital for campaign contributions and also trying to sell the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama when he became president his case involves some quite lurid wiretap quotes. Where he talked about Mr Obama's Tennessee. Being a very valuable thing with various explosives and that he wasn't going to give it away for nothing. The fact that these pardons came just a day or two before Roger. Stone's sentencing is pretty mistake -able signal of Mr Trump's power to grant clemency. Whatever case that he wants so prosecutors can go after his fans and associates. Jerry can commit crimes. Judge can sentence them to however long they want ultimately. Mr Trump has under the constitution the pardon power and that was a pretty stark exercise of that pardon power on the eve of a close friend of his being sentenced. Ed Do you think we're gonNA see more interventions this spy trump perhaps related to the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the election. People like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Who Manafort I think would definitely be a case for another pop and I would be very surprised if Michael Cohen Without Him. Because Michael Cohen Tablet Trump describes a rat in that inimitable. Kind of multi language that the president sometimes uses Michael. Cohen testified to Congress very damagingly against president. Trump's he's considered to be a tax cut. The thing that links you know all these Haden's whether it's Michael Milkin Rod Blagojevich Obama Carrick. Us police commissioner who was the security guard incidentally for Rudy Giuliani. The thing that links all of them is that they're pretty well connected people who've committed white-collar crimes and who have upbeat through Fox News. In some cases that Bregovic wife spoke on Fox News. He carrots by on Fox News to capture the president's attention and I think the pattern is again very trumpian thing. It's it's about. People who trump identifies with he feels as acute. Did he feels. He's fatty toxic at he. Identifies WITH OTHERS. Who fit that description again though. The role of connections and of mutual friends and a Fox as dishing platform for pardon. These are very common. There's a pattern here. How big a cause of concern is all this. I mean it's trump's use of the pardon power markedly different from other presidents will Clinton famously on his last day in office Rich Hedge Fund billionaire and friend of the Clintons Madonna to the Clintons and that caused a lot of bad blood. Clinton was heavily criticised for intervening on behalf of a friend and it stood out and I guess the reason I mentioned that is it. Was Fatty unusual. It's now completely normal. Trump has happened many many people who under the inventions of us? Pardon history wouldn't ready quantify so I think he has changed quite dramatically and just to add on. There's an interesting historical link year. Another controversial use of the pardon power in the past was George H W Bush who infamously pardoned a whole swath of former officials who are indicted in connection to the Iran Contra Scandal and bill bar the current. Us Attorney General was back then also attorney general and so Mr Bar He had pushed not just for one. Pardon of Caspar Weinberger. Who was the former Secretary of defense? He said listen. If you're gonNA pardon any of these people you have to pardon all of them. I think his quote was in for a penny in for a pound and so you may have the curious historical echo if MR trump loses later this year of his attorney general at the end of his time in office being the same attorney general at the end of George W Bush's time in office advising him on. You know who to pardon before he leaves Hamas all this been received in Washington and then around the US do people care. It's been received as many other actions by president trump being received with a high temperature reaction inside the Washington. Beltway and shrug outside the GNOMES that being trashed here in a row very significant look at the powers of the presidency. The procedures the the president uses before he acts and the conventions so that being shredded caused great angst in Washington. Dc across the political divide and almost badly registered a ripple outside of Washington. The same of course applies to impeachment. It really didn't resonate much isn't resonating match in the Democratic primaries. In places like Iowa New Hampshire and so I think this is far far lower. It may be it should be different than ideal while but it registered FAFA LOA on the vote says right of than than even impeachment.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"Rod Blagojevich welcome the forty drive it basically saying that follow Bob Moore's mom jeans a drum doesn't okay okay well enough to come out of the shower more drive case you know you at the pole while saying that what do you do you support the current commission tax our proposals are really of the education proposals even though you may not know what's in it and you don't like the taxes on it so we'll get into that also is it the time free bill Turner's medical cannabis into our schools for students that might might need on the medical cannabis talk about that a little later on the ocean county Maryland public policy institute joins us his operate just out today the washing compost regarding that boulder needs to pursue an imprisoned criminals and we have those of us thirteenth century all discussing earlier this morning at our most disappointing news all of the of the weekend I feel for sure well I do I feel for it because I know that this is this is a close to your heart it is close to my heart was also I'm I'm I'm concerned I know the individual involved in the story and how to jump in just a few minutes so we've been discussing with great a great lengthy co when commission proposals on education sort of so forth and the court is doctor pulled its all male they are clear majority of folks support and for ninety three percent said they support more more vocational training eighty five percent of the Billy public school teachers are paid too little sixty nine percent said they believe public schools are underfunded as far as taxes go fifty one said their taxes are already too high forty four percent of their tax obligation is about right and three percent said their taxes are too low they always have the option of of or including a larger check with her yeah yeah as I promise you that your taxes are too low simply you know write a check for whatever you think the appropriate about is the send it along but here's what they did not do in the poll they did not ask if it costs you X. number of dollars a year are you in favor of these proposals because that's actually the the real information sixty nine percent of people in this poll we're familiar with the current commission stuff yeah so they had read nothing nothing at all and they're they're saying yeah but it's a good idea all along second you realize how much this going to cost you mean it do you realize that it's a forty billion dollar expense over ten years or four billion a year and that money has to come from your wallet there's a point at which the information is not linked up here and one would hope that in the next poll they would at least get a so we get a truer of a truer representation of what taxpayers actually think it is and also how many of these taxpayers are seven hundred all Berliners Ripoll by telephone in this poll that may have a mailing services or or may have companies or did not know that they're talking about expanding the sales tax to services which could if you have a small business could severely and negatively impact you or again if you use any of these services from dog walking to the beauty salons to legal services through landscaping whatever that it you're gonna end up paying more so again that would be a thing of the that would include that information but also what I found interesting in this poll Marylanders are divided about the sports gaming our proposal forty seven percent say support legalizing sports betting online forty three percent oppose at the same time forty nine percent oppose legalizing sports betting of stadiums racetracks and casinos and forty five percent support area so this goes what down the middle yeah here on legalizing sports game and I think a lot of the concern would be you know the addiction issue number one because a lot of people do get addicted to gaming and gambling too we're delivering on CD element to to Maryland I I would argue it is it would be hard to to bring in another CEO element of more on CD that the General Assembly but that's a whole different argument to be had yeah but but again this is just one of the user sort of like utopian polls perfect for sure you know it doesn't cost me anything at all right don't cost me anything at all and your and you'd like to improve the education wants to be a very with I haven't actually seen the question without sort of kind of what I think the way it went down all right so you can weigh in on that as well for ten W. C. B. M. six eighty one eight hundred W. C. B. M. six eighty you can email us as well at the morning drive W. C. B. M. dot com or text into the show using the W. C. B. a mobile phone up by the.
Disgraced former governor among 11 criminals granted clemency by President Trump
"The former governor of Illinois granted clemency by president trump makes no apologies for his white collar crimes after a few Republican senators said president trump it learned a lesson from being impeached the president when asked said yes he learned that the Democrats were crooked a few days after he was granted commutations serving eight years out of fourteen former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich sounding a similar lesson learned and look back on some of the things you might have done different that I certainly wish I would have done more on I didn't know how corrupt the criminal justice system was intimidated to me he was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat and shaking down a children's hospital for a campaign contribution Bob Costantini
President Trump pardons former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
"Post impeachment presidential pardons and appointments since the impeachment acquittal president trump has been flexing his executive powers by pardoning seven people this week including the junk bond king Michael Milken and Bernard Kerik the former New York City police commissioner he also commuted the sentences of former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich and three others he's also made some major appointments in an effort to surround himself with loyalists you can trust especially in the spy agency arena the most notable being Richard Grinnell the U. S. ambassador to Germany to the powerful position of acting director of national intelligence and they can get an acting position the president was able to sidestep Senate
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"Ago. They said you know they're trying to start a rumor. It's disinformation that's the only thing that good. They're not good at anything else. Well he also once again call. Did this all hoax. Which at least means he's consistent. Here he is two summers ago reacting to reports the time from his own director of National Dan Coats the Russia was still trying to undermine our democracy reacting while standing next to the perpetrator himself. Vladimir Putin my people came to me Dan Coats came to me and some others. They said they think it's Russia I have President Putin He said it's not Russia. I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be not only. Did the president publicly side with wooden overcoats and the intelligence community ultimately got rid of Dan Coats. He's also at odds on this with his handpicked. Fbi Director and his hand picked former acting attorney general and his former Russia expert whom he fired after she testified at the impeachment hearings and warned against falling for Russia's cover story best on questions and statements. I've heard some of you on. This committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that perhaps somehow for some reason Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated in propagated by the Russian security services themselves. The president has you know has been pushing that exact same cover story. The question is why if heard his defenders say it's because he cannot tolerate any suggestion. His election was tainted with all due respect. Who Cares? You didn't take an oath to preserve protect and defend the purity of his victory or his own feelings. This word preserve protect and defend the constitution. And so the public servants that he's fired apparently for nothing more than trying to live up to those very same words joining us our lawmaker. Who is in on the briefing? That apparently cost the acting deny his job. He's Connecticut Congressman Democratic Congressman. Jim himes congressman. You you see the president calling his this assessment from his own. Intelligence officials. Disinformation campaign. I there's a lot you can't say. But how do we come in square with what you have been told about the facts well? Anderson? Yeah I can't obviously talk about what was said behind closed doors. There's obviously a lot of media reports out there I can certainly say You know the way the president articulated it blaming the Democrats for another hoax Again I can't confirm who said what but I can promise you that the Democrats aren't saying anything here. You got a bunch of news reports about what am I gonNA? What might have been said in that in that meeting but look we should unpack that a little bit right. What what what. What was or wasn't said in. That meeting isn't all that important and we can come back to that. We can talk about why the Russians might have an interest in Bernie Sanders or or Donald Trump. It's not about them. As individuals it's about creating schisms about creating divisions in our body politic. But but what's really important is is what you were talking about. There that the president in the Oval Office and I obviously wasn't there may have berated his chief intelligence official for telling him something he didn't WanNa hear Anderson. We've seen this movie before when presidents or when people in power want the intelligence community to say something we saw it under the Bush administration in which the CIA George Tenet. The director of the CIA famously characterized the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a slam dunk. Because that's what the Vice President Dick. Cheney and the president wanted to here and there are thousands of Americans and many hundreds of thousands of people who paid with their lives for that bastardisation of intelligence. So that's really the concerning thing about this story. The there is reporting that. Republicans on the committee challenged the conclusions from intelligence officials that would obviously be consistent with the interference that some of them have run for the president since he took office. How seriously do you believe house? Republicans are taking this well. You know it's a. It's a serious thing for them right We saw in the impeachment proceeding How all of the Republicans in the House and almost all the Republicans in the Senate are cowed by this president. They need to do what this president wants them to do or they lose their jobs. That's the dynamic on Capitol Hill Right now. Many of these folks are good. People who behind closed doors express some A lot of concern about what the president does but they know that if they step out the way Mitt Romney does they will be treated by by By the president and by conservative organizations the way Mitt Romney was was treated so but again. This really isn't about Donald Trump This isn't about Bernie Sanders This is about the fact. I believe to the core of my being that the Russians are going to try to do exactly what they did in two thousand sixteen again in twenty twenty and why wouldn't they The president of the United States didn't hold them accountable for it. You know. There's really never been any accountability Other than a few indictments other than The intelligence community sort of showing that. We know what happened and the president then denying it. There's really never been accountability for the Russians for what they did in two thousand sixteen and doing again apparently country times himes appreciate it. Thank you the former director. Nationals INTELLIGENCE JOINS US next. We'll be right back. More breaking news retired. Admiral William mcraven former Commander U S special operations to just weighed in on the firing of acting. Deny Joseph Maguire. He writes quote as Americans. We should be frightened. Deeply afraid for the future of the nation when good men and women can't speak the truth when facts are inconvenient when integrity and character no longer matter when presidential ego and self preservation or more important than national security. Then there's nothing left. Stop the triumph of evil. Joining us. Now is former DNA. James Clapper who is should point out is served under presidents in both parties is currently CNN. National Security Analyst Those words I got to say from men like mcraven. I mean that's terrifying. Yeah they're pretty pretty compelling Anderson and I think he has a point now clearly I think. He affected by very close friendship longstanding friendship of decades that he enjoyed. Mcguire have but he makes a good point about here. Is the Acting Director National telecasts? Joe McGuire honorable man who served this country with great distinction in the navy as a seal and didn't campaign for this job and then just try to do as duty as he saw fit living up to his oath of office and was trying to convey truth to power and his reward. That was got fire. Yeah I mean. He wasn't attacking the president. He wasn't speaking behind. The president is back he was reporting to Congress which is what the job is exactly as required in the law. You know you're supposed to keep the Congress fully and currently informed and that's that's what the officers director National Intelligence was doing now is i. I'm hearing all the purge underway at Odeon I purge of the professionals and so I think the Subjective here is to neuter Odeon. I as as much as possible It seemed like I don't know a year time has seems to all blend together now but it wasn't so long ago that advisors to the president the White House where you know would go on TV and say well look you know this administration is taking the you know concerned about Russian interference incredibly seriously etc etc. The president continues to publicly. He's calling disinformation. He's now fired. The Guy who's reporting to Congress about it and a lot of the people who were saying you know this administration has taken seriously. They're gone to. They're all out I mean. How concerned are you that this threat is not being taken seriously by this administration? Well I'm very concerned about it and the threat that we portrayed. In our assessment of January seventeen still halt the Russians on the heels in the wake of their success in two thousand sixteen. A clearly they're going to do it again in twenty twenty and they really don't care about anyone it's their objective is to so as much discord distrust and descended in this country as they possibly can and there were already Excelling in middle elections months away. The idea I mean to to that point it's also point. The congressman highest made moments ago on the program which isn't about Russia backing sanders or backing trump. It's about or maybe but it certainly about sowing dissension. You can look at it in different ways. But the idea that regardless of who? They're supporting the end. Result is to sow dissension. Exactly and that was her objective and sixteen and always has been their objective. They have a long history of meddling elections. There's another people's and we have a history of going back to at least the sixties Just the magnitude of what they've lately done a notably in social media and I suspect the reason for I use air quotes here supporting Bernie Sanders is. That's a way to promote divisiness within the Democratic Party. And it just they're cynical analysis of how to how to sew discord in this country and they excel at it. They have a very sophisticated understanding of our political landscape. Geno clapper appreciate it. Thank you up next more on the political legal dimensions of all this breaking continues in a moment. How do.
Miami: Fort Lauderdale resident and Trump Associate Roger Stone To Be Sentenced Thursday
"Stone is set for sentencing on Thursday the longtime ally of President Donald Trump will receive his sentence amid an outcry of political meddling by attorney. General William Bar in criminal cases tied to trump the sixty seven year old stone was found guilty. Last fall on seven counts of lying to Congress witness tampering and obstruction. Prosecutors initially recommended that he be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. But the Justice Department which is headed by bar intervened to reduce the sentence following criticisms from trump. The president called the initial sentence recommendation an insult to the country but the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous and I look at others. That haven't been prosecuted or I know where it is now but when you see that I thought it was an insult to our country and it shouldn't happen and we'll see what what goes on there but that was a that was a horrible aberration. These are the I guess. The same muller people put everybody through hell and I think it's a disgrace. The Justice Department's interference has been widely controversial and received more backlash on Tuesday when the president commuted the prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich while also announcing orden's for seven others former federal prosecutor. Juliet Sorensen told the Associated Press that? Trump's clemencies are sending an inconsistent message. Nobody's disagreeing that. It's Daddy did in the president's power to issue these pardons and commutations. It certainly is I think the question is whether or not there is a compelling basis for doing so. They don't seem to individuals to whom society has dealt unfair hand They don't seem should be convicted of crimes where there is increasing consensus. That insist were unjust. Or especially punitive
Blagojevich praises Trump from Chicago home after release
"Former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich had nothing but praise for president trump who commuted his federal prison sentence this week in a twenty minute long statement outside of his home former Illinois governor rod will go away that said the president didn't have to commute his sentence president trump is a man who is tough and outspoken but he also has a kind heart you also use of trump terminology when discussing his own political battles I would allow that's one up in Springfield and my fellow Democrats down there we just want to raise taxes on the working people to raise their taxes they did governor said if he's allowed to he would vote for trump this fall
Trump declares himself 'chief law enforcement officer' of America
"After commuting the sentences of former Illinois governor rod the glade vision former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik among others president trump seem to take his authority one step further yesterday I'm actually I guess the chief law enforcement officer of the country but I've chosen not to be involved my guest is former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rogers who teaches at Columbia Law School so chief law enforcement officer is the designation usually given to the U. S. Attorney General can trump claimed that title as president I don't think so I mean he's not a law enforcement officer at all I mean he's the head of the executive branch of course and you know it is true to say that there's no legal barrier to him presiding over and involving himself in the department of justice's work but that's not the same thing as saying he's the chief law enforcement officer which suggests that he actually has not just the authority but a reason to do that like he's supposed to be involving himself in that matter he said this after he granted clemency in several politically charged cases without going through the established pardon process what do you see this ad is it trump flouting his authority is it from setting up future pardons for friends or something else well I think both of those things I mean it you know some of the people pardoned or granted commutation yesterday did have relationships with him I mean rod Blagojevich for example was on celebrity apprentice with him years ago so it's certainly some of that but I think it's also the first point you make which is I don't care about how things are supposed to be done I don't care about the men and women of the justice department who worked so hard in these cases and who in the normal pardon process would give me the benefit of all of their wisdom about these cases I'm just going to do whatever I want to DO and guess what no one can do anything about it I mean that's a big part of the message here that he's not only flouting the regular kind of establish procedures by you know kind of thumbing his nose at all of us in a way there's nothing we can do to stop it well he also contrary to the stated preferences of Attorney General William Barr he continued his tweets about the Roger stone case and denigrated the judge in that case you have to wonder where he's going with that yeah I mean this is also part of a pattern he has been denigrating judges since he was a candidate you know remember he what he said about the judge who had part of the fraud case against his trump university so they know this is part of the pattern for him and the and again it's you know I can do what I want no one can stop me not even you know I'm I'm not even considering off limits that another branch of government you know he'll go ahead and denigrate judges and challenge them and of course the judiciary is you know a separate and co equal branch of government so that's part of his pattern as well I don't think the judge Amy Berman Jackson is or will be intimidated or wait at all by what the president is saying so won't have that particular impact but again it's part of him telling the rest of us you know I am I can do whatever I want I'm uncontrollable and he's going to continue to be that way I think what does this do to the career prosecutors at the justice department he's commenting on cases and judges and granting clemency without going through the process have you talked to colleagues in the justice department to see where they're at yeah it's really demoralizing for people at the justice department I mean I certainly spoken with many former colleagues of mine and I know also that people still in the department are just very concerned about what's going on you know they are taught from day one we all were that your job is to do the right thing it is in a political job you don't take those issues into account and you're not supposed to do favors for people you know friends of people in power just like you're not supposed to go after the political enemies of the people in power and so to see the president urging those things that are so contrary to the fair administration of justice as all people in the justice department swear to uphold is really concerning and so I think that the department is really revealing right now which is part of the reason that Bill bar with I think trying to calm people down with the statements that he made the other day there are also rumors that bill Barr was going to resign as Attorney General of course the department spokeswoman said he has no plans to resign with those rumors possibly aimed at an audience of one president trump I have no idea you know whether that was aimed at at trump to push back on him a little bit or aimed at the men and women in the department to say don't worry I take this very seriously and I'm ready to resign if you know our independent our ability to do our job continues to be meddled with by the president but I also hate those statements of the rumors of those statements with an entire shaker full of salt because you know it seems to me that bill Barr has been doing exactly what he had wanted to do in terms of increasing executive power at the expense of his own department since he came into the job so the notion that as successful as he's been seeking really exactly these results that he's working on now you know that he would resign now seems to me a far
Trump commutes Blagojevich's sentence and grants clemency to 10 others
"President trump goes on a commuting Sri this week lifting the sentence of former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich and ten
Chelsea Handler mocked after incorrectly suggesting President Trump only pardoned white people
"Home it would Chelsea handler tweeted something out of course he's an idiot and which she said was dead wrong but you could at any way you can I tell the people from the place for all of doctor missing comedian Chelsea handler made a bold assumption after president either yeah I'm sorry the color yeah your name I'm not I'm never never get anything that she's done but I did left one time so they could picture but hello made a bold assumption after president Donald Trump granted clemency to let people on Tuesday suggesting her social media followers and notice what color all the criminals are the him herself appears not to have right past the headlines in the twittersphere was happy to lighten her as the fact there was quite a bit of diversity in the group of people who received either partner computation percent so the president earlier in the day and president trump issued pardons to seven individuals and commuted the sentences of four others on Tuesday and several of the more high profile even controversial at the media and turn highlighted the release of former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich and the pardons a former New York City Mick police commissioner Bernard Kerik financier Michael Milken and a former San Francisco forty Niners owner Eddie DeBartolo junior of all the notable names dominated the presses one critic accuse president trump of granting favors to crooks with his executive actions as CNN's Chris Cuomo tweeted president trump just pardoned only elites several outlets took the time to reveal all of the people who were soon either reunite with their families or have the records wiped clean thank the president evidently miss Taylor did not read any such coverage well our president exonerates criminals and releases them from jail notice what color they all are handler tweeted apparently ignored the fact the number of women of color were pardoned or freed thinks president trump's actions on Tuesday I've noticed a lot of them are black what you trying to say Chelsea replied conservative writer and media analyst mark dice a director and producer Robbie Starbuck took the time to educate him the further between pictures of three of the women impacted with the message Chelsea this is the anti Stanton tiny cell and crystal Yost over granted committed sentences or a full pardon heated eleven commutations or pardons today at eleven seven looked white account and whites account for seventy seven percent of the population your those are tweeting have Chelsea handler Chris Cuomo apologize for their feigned outrage after getting if you're getting it wrong our own troops we put at real dollar from here just of the mid season real dollar terms pardons and commutations do you think they've done that innocent
Trump commutes Blagojevich's sentence
"Today former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich one of eleven white collar criminals to receive clemency yesterday from the president was released from prison today CBS news Natalie brand reports former Illinois governor rod look way that his back home in Chicago after president trump commuted reason sentence on Tuesday your supporters I say we ship them I love them I'm grateful to the Democrat who was once a contestant on Mr trump's celebrity apprentice was convicted in twenty eleven of trying to sell then president Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat book wave it was sentenced to fourteen years in prison the survey years in jail is a long time to go many people disagree with this Natalie brand CBS
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Reset with Jenn White
"Tuesday afternoon the WBZ news room exploded with activity. When word came that president trump would be commuting the sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Many people disagree with the sentences. Democrat he's not a Republican. It was a prosecution by the same people told me. Fitzpatrick same group very far from his children growing older. They're going to high school now. They rarely get to see their father outside of an orange uniform. I saw that and I did commute. Sentence in twenty eleven guevara was found guilty of seventeen charges including wire fraud attempted extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes and he was sentenced to fourteen years in prison last night. He left that prison and returned home to Chicago today. He held a press conference in front of his home. In just a bit we'll hear from WBZ. Political reporter. Dave mckinney but first. Let's hear a bit from the disgraced former governor himself a long long journey. I'm bruising on battered. I'm bloody Let me just say a couple of things? First of all the obvious. I want to say and I know I speak for Patty. And Amy and obviously for me we want to express our most profound and everlasting gratitude to president trump. How do you probably thank someone who's giving you back the freedom that was stolen from you He didn't have to do this. Republican president I was a democratic governor. And doing this does nothing to help his politics President trump is a man who is tough and outspoken. But he also has a kind heart and This is an act of kindness and I also believe it's the beginning of the process to do Actually turn it in justice into a just a long time since I've been home nearly eight years nearly three thousand days I suppose a better way to measure how long it's been is to our daughters amy and it's been a long unhappy journeys. These have been hard years for our children even hard years for Patty and for me. I spent my first thirty two months in prison nearly three years behind. What the inmates call the razor wire I asked for me. Obviously I got ten thousand reasons to be thankful the President Trump and obviously thankful to be home. That my freedom back to just be able to hold. My Wife's hand teaches history. Shows that in the long run right defeated willing to end overcome wrong triumphant and as Dr Martin Luther King used to say truth crushed to Earth. Will one day rise again because no lie can live forever? I'm returning home today from a long exile. A free political prisoner. I want to say again to the people of Illinois who twice elected me governor. I didn't let you down. I would have let you down if I gave into this but resistance to tyrants is obedience to God from beginning to end. This was persecution masquerading as prosecution. I like to think that as governor what I did was try to draw in my own life experience and try to take those experiences and turn them into something real to help people and I'd like to direct my remarks to all my fellow underdogs out there find themselves up against powerful forces and long is to anyone facing hard circumstances who suffered loss herding or who like. Nia hit rock bottom. You may be down. All your hope may seem to have disappeared the road you have to travel along one at home. That's where you want to be is so far away. You can't even see the flicker of a light at the end of the tunnel but don't give up. Don't give them think of the people you love. That was former governor Rod Blagojevich at a press conference held in front of his home earlier today he was released from prison by President trump after serving eight years of a fourteen year sentence. Wbz reporter. Dave Mackenzie has been following Blagojevich's career since the very beginning and as the host of WBZ's podcast public official a which tracks the rise and fall of Rod Blagojevich. Dave what do you make of what we heard? There's not an ounce of contrition in what he was sent to prison for you know. He talked about having his freedom stolen from him. As if there were crimes committed against him. I mean jury. Don't forget a jury convicted him of crimes and there was no acknowledgement of that. No mention of course over that Children's Memorial Hospital but it's important to make clear that his prison sentence was commuted. He's not pardon explained. The difference pardon would wipe away the felony convictions. He is still a convicted felon. The commutation simply means that his his time in prison is just cut off at time served. So he's he's a free man but he still walks around with the stigma of being a felon. He spent a lot of time thinking president. Trump. Let's listen and I know I speak for Patty and amy and obviously for me. We want express our most profound and everlasting gratitude to president trump. How do you probably thank someone who's giving you back the freedom that was stolen from you He didn't have to do this. He's a Republican president. I was the Democratic governor trouble. Doing this does nothing to help his politics. He hear him there. thanking President Trump. Someone behind him. It sounds like they're saying trump. Crat Dave mckinney. The president is also tweeting today. What is he saying? It's funny here. I just lost it on my phone. But but essentially he's weighing in and saying that he was not convicted of selling a Senate seat. It shows the coordination. I think that that is going on here. Between the White House. And the Buchnevich is the full Tweet from him. Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat. The president tweeted. He served eight years in prison with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Komi and gang deal. Thank you to Lisa Marie booth. Who really gets what's going on Fox News so I mean all of those themes continue from the president and just a reminder. Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI. Wire fraud attempted extortion conspiracy to commit bribery conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery. Some of those charges were later thrown out. He was resentenced to the fourteen years in prison. I want you to put this into a little more political context for us at one point during this press conference. We'll go vich said quote speaking of President Trump doing this nothing to help his politics. What do you make of that? I think that there there were lots of messages. Besides his gratitude toward the president of course but lots of signals in there where he he is more than willing to go out and beat the drum very loudly for president trump. You know he talks about if he had the ability to vote he'd vote for him calls himself a trump crat on and on and talks about trump as a problem solver. Getting stuff done you know great strength. Those are all things of course that the president would love to hear. I mean Gen- I think it's it's so interesting to think that you know this press conference that was supposed to start at eleven starts nearly a half hour late. That's not unusual. Rod Blagojevich kept the family of the state senator waiting for more than an hour before their funeral could start for him. I mean that's that's par for the course but what's interesting is we're coming up on the governor's budget address and I don't think that there is anything lost here on the fact that you know. Begovic sees himself as the center of Illinois Political Universe once again and the fact that he you know. I don't think there's any any Disappointment in trying to upstage governor Pritzker and the budget address. Well let's Talk About Illinois. Legislators here and in what we're hearing at the state level from Republicans and Democrats about this commutation. Yeah Republicans You know they they were put an very awkward spot by President. Trump. Over this in fact you know. We heard the House minority leader. Jim Durkin yesterday making the case that this does not help them at all. Illinois. Let's listen to Durkin. I was involved firsthand with the impeachment efforts and I saw a governor who was rogan steroids. He was a person that was not. Didn't care about the state of L. Knight cared about his own ambition. Why should he get special treatment than some other people that have been sitting department of Corrections for Drug Offenses? For you know her. Getting thirty forty year drug sentences. But they're never gonNA see the light of day or any type of relief from this. President is just because of the Celebrity Rob Roy Dirk and went on to say quote. I guess he's not concerned about the state of Illinois for next November speaking about President trump. Dave what impact could this have on the GOP in the coming elections well the Republicans in Illinois have such a high held a climate annoyed because they don't have favorable legislative maps. They'd all these the Democrats hold super majorities in the House and Senate their ability to claw their way. Back you know is dependent on winning back the suburbs of course women in the suburbs don't like president trump. We've seen that in the country. You know all over the country and you know the message that the Republicans were trying to craft. The Democrats who runs Springfield are corrupt. This makes it very difficult for them to make that case because the Republican president just set set loose on Illinois again. You know a person who critics call the face of public corruption in Illinois not to be clear. The former governor is barred from holding state office again but is that necessarily the end of his political career. Well no it's not because that impeachment trial that resulted in his conviction it didn't apply to federal office. I mean it's you know. Of course you'd have to have to raise lots and lots of money to be able to do that. And our donors you know big time donors really GonNa Rally around Rod Blagojevich. I I mean I have a hard time seeing that. But could he run for Congress? Could he run for? Us Senate the law would allow that. Well I think it's it's safe to say this is still a developing story we don't know the ripple effects is going to have so as someone who's been covering right boy that she's been covering state politics for a long time. What are you watching for? Well I think you know what kind of nuisances he both to Democrats and Republicans. How big of a champion is E FOR DONALD TRUMP? What role as a campaign surrogate could he play for? Donald Trump. This fall I mean. Could he be sort of the token Democrat on Fox News? That's the kind of role that that that Begovic play. Because you heard him just now. He is a very polished public speaker and he always has been. I mean as a as a candidate he would light up Black churches that he would go into on a Sunday morning. He would just bring them to life and so he has that capability to with people and trump's people. I'm sure have seen that that's WBZ. Political reporter. Dave mckinney. Dave brings you the inside story of the rise and fall of Rod Blagojevich in the WBZ. Podcast series public official. A find it wherever you get your podcasts. There was another big political event today. Current Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker gave his budget address in Springfield. You can hear the complete speech and analysis with our own. Tony Arnold on a bonus. Podcast were sending out this afternoon. Look forward in your feet. I'm Jen White. Thanks for listening. Let's talk again soon..
Chicago: Blago holds court, gives dramatic account of life behind bars, declares he’s a ‘Trump-o-crat’
"Former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich met the media outside of his ravens would manner home this morning the day after president trump commuted his prison sentence president trump is a man who is tough and outspoken but he also has a kind heart and this is an act of kindness and I also believe it's the beginning of the process to do actually turning justice into a justice in the wake of his release after eight years served on corruption charges blog vowed to work to reform what he called a broken criminal justice
Blagojevich makes a statement outside his Chicago home
"Former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich makes a statement outside of Chicago home
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on KNST AM 790
"Fox news rod Blagojevich the former Illinois governor freed from prison by president trump just held a news conference in Chicago or fox is Jeff and also is live Lisa walking down the steps of his Chicago home and surrounded by his wife and his daughter is wrong we're going to very much thanks to president trump community his fourteen year sentence eight years after he was imprisoned on corruption charges trump is a man who is tough and outspoken but he also has a kind heart and this is an act of kindness and I also believe it's the beginning of the process to to actually turning justice into a justice former democratic governor described himself as a trouble Kratz and also dedicating this day to what he called the underdogs of society's saying his future plans include working to right the wrongs on criminal justice Lisa thanks Jeff will going at age and former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik who was pardoned by the president yesterday in a tax fraud case will be on the story with foxes Martha McCallum tonight beginning at seven eastern day two of deliberations for the jury deciding the fate of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is charged in New York with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another encounters he says were consensual as a two week quarantine over the corona virus ends on the diamond princess cruise ship Japan is being criticized for its handling of the quarantine US authorities are questioning whether it was worth it a Japan confirms more than six hundred infections aboard but American passenger Renee space he's in a hospital in Tokyo after contracting the virus has kind of words yeah this is Terry turned it people have or have okay I really did mean everyone's doing their best aged eighty she and husband Clyde have both tested positive fox's Simon in England and America is listening to fox news so here's a story about the restaurant called Roy's it's a place you can talk about a lot of noise come on and is what they say Abbasi joyous day by you here have something to eat Royce has food at target cowboys said about the brisket burgers girl said burger brisket bring in capital I was so happy he decided to saying is there's a to see Roy Rogers cheese burger to start but the Smithfield brisket onion set it apart on this it hanging barbecue sauces been spread all sandwiched between two slices sour dough bread they enjoy their meal and stay for awhile and Royce being families kind of their stuff anyway hope.
Rod Blagojevich holds news conference after Trump commutes his sentence
"Former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich talking to reporters outside of his Chicago home following president trump's commuting of his fourteen year prison sentence blue gray of it said he has thousands of reasons to be thankful ten thousand reasons to be thankful the president trump on obviously thankful to be home that my freedom back to just be able to hold my wife's hand the most of all I'm thankful to you Mr president getting my daughter's
Blagojevich posts sign thanking Trump outside his Chicago home
"The former governor of Illinois rod Blagojevich is getting ready to hold a news conference he is one of more than a dozen convicted criminals who sentences were either pardon commuted by president trump this week A. B. C.'s Ryan borough is outside the globe which is home in Chicago this is a very familiar scene to reporters who covered will go a bench when he went to prison back in March of twenty twelve a bank of microphones positioned on racks in front of his front door dozens of cameras crowded together on a small patch of grass news vehicles clogging up the narrow streets reporter settling in their news trucks trying to stay warm this time there's a heart balloon flowers and a sign that read thanks Mr president we're expecting the former governor to step out of his home and answer questions at eleven AM central time Ribeiro ABC news Chicago
Rod Blagojevich to hold a news conference after Trump commutes his sentence
"Former Illinois governor rod look with its will hold a news conference later today following his release from prison president trump commuted his sentence along with more than a dozen other convicted criminals or pardon by the president on
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Live from NPR news in Washington I'm Dave mapping clay former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich has been released from a federal prison in Colorado his sentence for political corruption was commuted by president trump after book wave it serve more than eight years behind bars he spoke to reporters after his release when you're in a place that I was for long as I was you discipline yourself in your mind and you you don't let yourself think about the things that you really want to think about it because it's it's makes it harder and so I never really let myself to those kind of thoughts about what it might be like if I had to do was able to get back home we'll go if it should Democrats was convicted of crimes that included trying to sell an appointment to former president Obama's Illinois Senate seat trump also pardoned former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik one time wallstreet financier Michael Milken and offered clemency to seven others jury deliberations continue today in New York City in the rape and sexual assault trial of former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein here's NPR's rose Friedman the judge told the jury that it's up to them to decide which witnesses were telling the truth you apply the same common sense in the jury room that you were called on to apply throughout the rest of your life he told them these twelve people will have to decide on the guilt or innocence of Harvey Weinstein who's charged with five counts of rape and assault relating to two women charges he denies if convicted he could face up to life in prison this is NPR news from Washington six of the democratic presidential candidates will be facing off tonight in Nevada three days before the state's caucuses among those who will be on the debate stage as former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg who's been focusing on states involved in next month's super Tuesday contests a trial is under way in a federal court in Pennsylvania involving election security issues some of the arguments of focused on whether voting machines violate a settlement among states and former Green Party candidate Jill Stein Emily privity with member station W. I. T. F. says the case stems from one of Stein's twenty sixteen recount efforts Pennsylvania agreed to transition to voter verifiable paper ballots by twenty twenty as part of that the state certified multiple voting machines as options for its sixty seven counties but Stein's lawyers claim at least one device violates their settlement because it relies on a bar code critics say is particularly vulnerable to tampering and voters can't verify if the code reflects their selections the machines being used by about one five voters in the state living in three counties including Philadelphia the device also has been certified in at least half a dozen other states and other voting systems share some of the contested characteristics for NPR news anomaly property in Philadelphia Japan says another seventy nine passengers aboard the quarantine diamond princess cruise ship have tested positive for the corona virus I'm David Mattingly in Washington and I'm Richard Hage on WNYC in New York it's five thirty three since January's bell reforms went into effect law enforcement groups have been pushing for a legislative roll back in W. N. Y. C.'s George Joseph reports that behind the scenes the Bailey industry's been fighting for.
Los Angeles: Trump Pardons LA Billionaire Michael Milken: ‘He Suffered Greatly’
"President trump went on a pardoning spree on Tuesday for a WHO's who of individuals convicted of white collar crime. A total of eleven people were given commutations or pardons and this follows. How should we say troubling history of prior pardons from this White House including Joe Arpaio Scooter Libby and an Extra Sousa? There was no indication that he followed the typical Justice Department vetting process for these sorts of things but rather that he heard recommendations from a cast of characters including his personal lawyer and czar of corrupt overseas action. Talk about Rudy Giuliani. Perhaps the biggest name of the pardon bunch was Rod Blagojevich the former Democratic governor of Illinois. So get in. W T F. Yeah indeed I mean so. Blagojevich is a good place to start with all of this because it gives us an example a window into the kinds of people that were pardoned on Tuesday. Blagojevich solicited bribes for political appointments including for one Barack Obama's open Senate seat after he was elected president The selling of a Senate seat is not something that typically happens in America. He was impeached and removed from office and Blagojevich had completed eight years of a fourteen year term and trump commuted the arrested on Tuesday. We have commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. He served eight years in jail. A long time and I watched his wife on television. I don't know him very well. I bet him a couple of times. He was on for a short while the apprentice years ago very nice. I don't know. Wow imagine thinking the apprentices like a good judge of character. It's not even a good show. Well okay. So presumably. The rest of the pardons were not all people featured at one time on the apprentice right so like who else got him. It would be incredible if they were Unfortunately they're not. There was Michael Milkin who is referred to as the quote Junk Bond King. He was accused of taking part in an insider trading scheme and pled guilty to several counts of securities violations. Now he had served twenty two months in prison and since he was released he has been funding medical research into cancer more recently. Ironically though when milken getting in trouble in the nineteen eighties one of the people pursuing charges against him was Giuliani. Who was then the top prosecutor for the Southern District of New York how the turntables according to The New York Times One of the people that suggested this part into trump was Nelson peltz. He is a billionaire investor. Who held a ten million dollar fundraiser? For Trump's twenty twenty campaign this past weekend again. This is normally not how this would work recommendations pouring in from random personal or business acquaintances acquaintances at events for your reelection campaign. So I'm sensing a bit of a pattern here in terms of decision making. Yeah so the other two high profile ones here were for former New York City police. Commissioner Bernard B Kerik and a former owner of the San Francisco Forty niners Edward J debartolo. Junior someone's GonNa assume that these fellows they did all the similar things. Yeah basically. Yeah I mean carrick was found to have accepted a two hundred fifty thousand dollar quote unquote loan from an Israeli billionaire while he served as Interior Minister of Iraq. The issue there was that he didn't disclose it Carrick. Later pled guilty to eight felony tax and false statement charges now for deer Tolo. He actually never served a prison term but paid a million dollar fine after pleading guilty to concealing extortion attempt in Nineteen. Ninety Eight. Believe it had to do with a Casino Boat. Type situation. I would like to read a little bit more about it as well Interestingly as well for him DEBARTOLO was among the host of a pre inauguration. Party for trump in two thousand seventeen so to recap just these four examples. It was a long list of people who committed pretty major financial crimes and weren't necessarily the first people on top of mind for
Chicago: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich Home From Prison
"New York or Illinois governor rod Blagojevich is a free man this morning after president trump commuted his fourteen year prison sentence for political corruption president's latest intervention in the justice system as he faces growing criticism for weighing in on the cases of
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Governor rod Blagojevich is a free man after president trump cut short his fourteen year prison term over political corruption America's was named the fox news now here's your storm team ten forecast touchy clouds early Wednesday becoming mostly sunny breezy west northwest winds could gust over thirty miles an hour times with highs in the low forties turning colder overnight temperatures down the low twenties by Thursday morning partly sunny Briskin cool on Thursday a high of thirty two sunshine still cold Friday with highs again in the low thirties I'm stormteam ten meter all just mark sorrels on newsradio nine twenty and one of four seven of them yes she comes in to talk to George nori call the wildcard line at eight one eight five zero one four one zero nine the first time caller line is eight one eight five zero one four seven two one to talk tool free from east of the Rockies call eight hundred eight two five five zero three three from west of the Rockies toll free call eight hundred six one eight eight two five five to reach George via Skype use Skype name George nine seven three one three seven Georgia text message anytime at eight one eight two nine eight six five two one from the city of angels this is coast to coast AM with George Noory next hour Paul Wallace joins us as we go live down under to Australia his work is called escaping for meat and as he talks about who created us god.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on WTOP
"Yes we have commuted the sentence of rod Blagojevich's he served eight years in jail WBBM reporter Steve Miller fourteen year prison sentence was for corruption conviction including allegations he sold the U. S. Senate seat notoriously saying I've got this thing in its bleeping golden he was impeached removed from office in two thousand nine and twenty ten you was on celebrity apprentice where the star was Donald Trump himself in twenty twelve you went to federal prison full partners were given the former junk bond king Michael Milken former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik and former San Francisco forty Niners owner Eddie DeBartolo junior CBS news update I'm Jim Machon of it tonight blue boy which is out of prison in Littleton Colorado after eight years in federal custody at the FCI angle would the former governor your available light is no longer in the house he was to serve fourteen years in prison some of the seventeen counts on which he was convicted for public corruption were eventually dismissed by the court but that's fourteen years remained the sentence until today that is when president trump commuted his sentence to time sure KCNC TV reporter Rick sallinger outside the prison will Congress get anything done this presidential election year we hear from WTOP is Mitchel Miller on Capitol Hill I think it has an undeniable impact Maryland senator Chris van Hollen is a democratic member of the Senate budget committee and he notes the panel isn't going to hold a hearing on the president's budget I mean think about that it's just the budget committee our whole purpose is to look at presidential budget proposals and look at congressional budget proposals but the house's top Republican Kevin McCarthy points a finger back at Democrats for carrying out impeachment proceedings which he says were at the expense of other issues they focus their entire time based upon impeachment and they failed to members of both parties continue to talk about lowering prescription drug prices and improving roads and bridges with new infrastructure plans but for now they seem stalled during an election year when differences are at their height on Capitol Hill Mitchell Miller WTOP news jurors in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial last a lot of questions shortly after they began the first day of deliberations less than an hour into the deliberation the seven men and five women asked to see a floor plan of wines teams apartment they also asked to see winds teens emails including one he sent to a private spy agency in twenty seventeen identifying women who he was afraid would make accusations against him he called them red flags the jurors are also asking for the legal definition of terms such as consent and forcible compulsion Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a hotel room in Manhattan in twenty thirteen and forcibly performing a sex act on another woman in two thousand six the jury resumed deliberations tomorrow is the first time this has happened in and around the county a man is sentenced for teens overdose James gotten bigger will spend.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"A few minutes of the show on this on Tuesday February eighteen big story today president trump announced that he commuted former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich is fourteen year prison sentence for extortion bribery and corruption as well as issuing full pardons for former San Francisco forty Niners owner Edward DeBartolo junior and former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik here's the backstory on blood go a bench who was a former contestant on trump's celebrity apprentice sure that had nothing to do with the IRA commuting of a sentence he attempted to exchange an appointment to Bahakel promise Senate seat for campaign contributions after the two thousand eight presidential election on one recording he said quote I've got this thing and it's F. being golden and I'm just not giving it up for having nothing once that you want something in return for the Senate seat C. says this on tape because that's how democracy gas right exactly how it works the Illinois legislature impeached and removed will go a **** you remember is a Democrat for abuse of power and corruption in two thousand nine he was found guilty of seventeen charges in two thousand eleven blue gray **** first ask the president commute a sentence in twenty eighteen trump in twenty nineteen said he was considering the commute claiming the governor was quote treated unbelievably unfairly by federal prosecutors me really back it up with any evidence that they treated them unfairly aside from the fact that he got a decent size sends a fourteen year prison sentence but also again among other things he tried to get something in return for a Senate seat the Illinois U. G. O. P. Illinois Republicans urged trump not to grant clemency saying in a letter that it would send a damaging message on your efforts to root out public corruption in our government well going which was eight years into his sentence now to some of the others the Barlow was convicted gambling fraud in nineteen ninety eight and character the head of the NYPD during the September eleventh attacks pleaded guilty to tax fraud to much other charges in two thousand nine he serve more than three years in prison couple of points especially when it comes to rod logo a **** his sentence was an extreme he actually campaigned as an ethics reformer and then what he did was he added to himself to the long list of corrupt politicians in Illinois any did it in stunning fashion with the recordings where he's saying look this Senate seat it's freakin golden I'm not just handing it out to anybody I want something for was about sending a message can't do that I thought this one Twitter account that I follow made a great point the person said how does the excessive sentence for rod will go a bit should Democrats handed down during the Obama administration support the claim that the justice department is biased against conservatives the the very sentence the very prosecution the trump is saying was excessive unfair that was a Democrat that received that sends a Democrat the face that prosecution and it happened during the Obama administration and there are thousands of people behind bars who deserve pardons or commutations who don't have famous friends who don't have relatives that have connections to the White House what about them president instead of pardoning these swampy people who were convicted on all kinds of different charges related to corruption how bout pardoning more non violent drug offenders serving insane prison sentences he's done it the past little push from Kim Kardashian that's what he should be focused on with pardons and commutations not Ron will go a virtue served as one of illinois' most corrupt governors and then was a contestant on trump's celebrity apprentice it's it's it's hard to square the fact that president trump claims he's on a crusade against corruption was in that what the whole Ukraine story was about you were trying to root out corruption that's why he was focused on Beres Maya and hunter Biden and Jill Biden that's what you heard from Republicans he's trying to fight corruption is trying to fight corruption and then you commute the sentence of a corrupt former governor right to sell to people like the Barlow junior and Bernie Kerik cannot it doesn't square up now on.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on WCBS Newsradio 880
"Illinois governor rod Blagojevich for political corruption reaction on the streets of Chicago I'm not surprised by Tom sanctions typical I think it's a good day not to get too much time more from CBS news correspondent bill Rakoff Mr trump speaking to reporters at joint base Andrews about commuting the fourteen year prison sentence of his former celebrity apprentice contestants very far from his children they're going to high school now they rarely get to see their father president is also pardon to former NYPD commissioner who lied about his taxes while trying to become homeland security secretary just pardon Bernie Kerik a man who had any recommendations from a lot of good people in addition the president granted clemency to financier Michael Milken who pleaded guilty for violating US securities laws bill ray Cobb C. B. S. news Washington as for other former trump administration figures have been convicted I think this bodes very well for people like man afford stone in full and I think they're looking at the present he's using his power and authority very broadly yes extremely broad discretion to use that authority he's absolutely exercising it liberally Loyola University law professor Jessica Levinson the federal judges association an independent group of about eleven hundred is expected to hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss concerns about the intervention of justice department officials and the president and politically sensitive cases and NPR PBS Marist poll just out showing up Bernie Sanders with thirty one percent Michael Bloomberg with nineteen percent ahead of the next democratic primary debate in Las Vegas the day before the debate most of the candidates are here summer campaigning this event where I'm at right now if Bernie Sanders rallies but the big story today is the newcomer.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Watch What Crappens
"He will be the wedding planner. And the best wedding planner empire. Of America. He's played by ex-mayor exit mayor, rod Blagojevich. Remember that his name, we go, whatever of it. He looks just like him. He's he's gotten extremely gay suit. Now, pink plastic carnation putting his pocket. I thought it was like a magnolia, whatever it was. It was clearly like like holding either a spy Cam or like some water. Waiting for someone to mess up so we can square modern their face. He's like, now, leeann on. Listen, I've got something very serious tail you Leigh and could you just ban forward a little bit? Can you get real close? This property is only getting close, but. Gotcha. Leeann all. Say land hammett's you wanna spend per person it this way, ten dollars. Twenty dollars. Just tell me the answer. All right, stop squirting. I didn't bring by last clue number. My readers protecting me. She just getting scored and over again. Watching a lot of game of thrones recently, and I'm just imagining leeann every time she gets mad and game of thrones. It's like this ongoing thing that like they'll be like some commotion, then you'll see a head rolling on the ground. I imagined this guy at some point. She's not going to throw bouquets just going to be steelhead. Yeah, pretty much. You're the one to get buried next. Congratulations. Winter is coming. Winter's here. Mitch's winter's here. That's why I'm getting married in November. Okay. She's like, you're going to kill me, Steve. I'll forgotten notepad. I'm going to be spying. Locking always repays her debts. So Ritz combs and he's like, hi, I'm here made it Honey. She's like, I'm so glad he look. He don't have handcuffs on him. His police friends aren't dragging him in here. He's here because they've left me to sit down. He's like, I'm saying. She's like, I'm so glad that risk took the time out to come. Join us the time from what? What else does he doing playing frogger. He's literally doing nothing. So the because I can imagine playing frogger you know, he'd be like God Daming here. I've been this whole time trying to lecture people on how to act in traffic and get run over. So rich. I was day today pretty good. Got frogger to the other side of the street a few times. So success all around. I'll tell you. I know it's going to be a winner of the game when I show frogger where the crosswalk is. Now, why don't they have stop lights frogger that would help the game Ammann's manslaughter. If I make one difference in.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Arizona's here for the last time probably in the studio love this honest thing like looking at the people and waving to them yet give me the finger shows that they care that's what it is they're engaged listeners can we talk about what you wrote single yesterday yeah you know i i came back to this issue of rod blagojevich still be in prison at last tuesday his lawyers filed the paperwork for executive clemency which is the formal process that you go through what in this case the president to to give you a break and this they're good arguments on both sides we've hashed them out here before but it was fourteen years too long how bad a crime wasn't that he committed other other corrupt politicians have done much less time and so on and against go either way on that but one of the things that really strikes me and it struck me while he was in office was that when you're governor of illinois you also have commutation pardon power it's executive clemency is power that traces back to the divine right of kings in terms of our in common law and the governor has to be a crime that is committed within the boundaries of illinois for state crime the boundaries anyway but it's take a mistake clemson federal constant president has has jurisdiction federal crimes and the governor has jurisdiction for state crimes should be murder shoplifting misdemeanors most crimes are the every crime is down at the leighton courthouse alright they're all state crime so he has this power governors have power and he relentlessly refused exercise it he with time he left office there were more than three thousand petitions from people who wanted pardons or commutations from him and that he was not acting on and the obvious reason was that it's it's controversial when you deny somebody it can be controversial and when you when you let somebody go or you re really someone from their obligation that's can be a lot of these people were not prison at the time there are people who had felony convictions something like some woman had been convicted of a felony for for you thank shooting at her abusive husband things like that twenty years ago and they think well i'm having trouble getting a job right felony convictions are are are very difficult thing to overcome when you're looking for when you looking to move volunteer.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on KOMO
"Today martha stewart out there today rod blagojevich dallas somebody who may possibly be off down to go we don't know exactly what you make out of all of this rain we know the president is a sports fan of former sports owner in the united states football league before they went under he may seek the recommendations of pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem he address that earlier today as well i'm just saying for the leagues they have people if the players if the athletes have friends of theirs or people that they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system let me know all right earlier this week we saw the benefit of a celebrity advocate kim kardashian and the and that led to the release of a woman from prison in tennessee this is certainly not conventional what do we know about this approach that he's considering taking you know i it's interesting because maybe an hour franchise starts to kind of put this nfl protesting the rats although we know the district fighted philadelphia you don't do say that none of their players actually protested at all during the season certainly getting during the super bowl so maybe it's an opportunity to get more people into the room to talk to more people that advantageous in one form or another how know that colin kaepernick attorney suggested that maybe a subpoena would necessary for the price reporting the possibility of collusion between the white house is some of the nfl owners general manager as his status as the league once again kind of a head scratcher just don't understand what's what's this all about always good to connect with abc's ryan burrow joining us from chicago ryan thanks so much i think komo afternoon news on komo news now the latest health news here's kristen marks health experts are reporting a spike in suicides the cdc says suicides have spiked by more than thirty percent in certain areas of the country from one thousand nine hundred nine to two thousand sixteen more than half of the people who committed suicide in two thousand fifteen had not been diagnosed with any form of mental illness while there was a steady increase in rates among all age groups the biggest jump occurred for people between the ages of.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on WCPT 820
"But now i wanna talk about a couple of other things this president wielding his pardon now it's been mischaracterized he's not talking about pardoning rod blagojevich he's talking about commuting rod blagojevich is sentenced to time served he said he believes that he the sentence was too tough he hasn't done it yet but he probably in my opinion will commute rod blagojevich sentence he got fourteen years trump called at eighteen years he was mistaken we serve six but i also think that i've been a defender of a shorter sentence for rod blagojevich you know that but i think rod himself obviously he's playing up donald trump because he did a wall street journal editorial that suggested that that that the politicians especially progressive politicians are under attack by the justice department you know that the justice department is has america under attack i mean come on come on now that was intended for an audience of one donald trump to attack the justice department he's been there six years people say what he didn't do anything well first of all i don't believe he tried to sell the senate seat i think that that was part of a campaign raising gamut by rod blagojevich i don't think he did anything there that other politicians haven't done you remember when they had the the the trial of miriam santos here in chicago and she was trying to raise money from the investors and she was what the city treasurer and she was trying to raise money from investors and mike madigan basically told her she had to contribute because she was going to run for attorney general and he wanted her to contribute to the campaign for democratic ticket and she's she basically said it's time to belly up to the bar well as you know her sentence was later overturned she did go to prison but her sentence was later overturned rod blagojevich didn't do anything wrong and seeking campaign contributions but now he went too far with the children's hospital and he went too far with the racetrack bill that he was holding and there was also a tollway matter and he was trying to get campaign contributions from those individuals and and the feds convinced the jury that he was shaking them down he didn't get those campaign contributions mind you and i believe.
"rod blagojevich" Discussed on Pat Gray Unleashed
"The blaze radio network on demand pat grade is here on the please radio network here triple eight nine hundred thirty three ninety three lot going on there's here's more crazy than we can possibly share with you today that's true so that's the good news you're not gonna hear all the crazy that's going on in the world or only going to be able to share a butt load of it that's all the scientific term for two but loads will have to spill some of the crazy into tomorrow spill some of the butler and yeah into it yeah president trump is now talking about pardoning or commuting the sentence of rod blagojevich and martha stewart now you're just getting crazy k stop rod blagojevich was a is a criminal and should serve his time and i think all ready did but to pardon him is he he's actually in prison still think so maybe he just commute the sentence i don't know why you would do that when he's supposed to get out we know don't don't haven't looked into that for a while but fourteen year sentence by the way okay so he's probably about ten years in it kind of interesting because kim kardashian went to the white house yesterday and she became interested in his story of a great grandmother she sixty two years old now she's been in prison so far for twenty one years on a first time drug charge she received a life sentence without possibility of parole now i i haven't read the entire story i don't know what they were thinking when they sentenced her to that i don't know people died as a result of the drugs that she pedaled or a first time drug offense and you go to life in prison without parole wow seems slightly harsh so anyway she had found out about that and she went to the president to try to get him to pardon her i haven't heard anything about that.