Trump Pardons Michael Milken, Rod Blagojevich, Bernie Kerik And Eddie DeBartolo Jr

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Feb. 18, 2020

I'm still waiting to see whether the reports were true that President Trump is going to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to Israel to aid Netanyahu's election.

The election is coming up on March 2.

From CNN:
President Donald Trump wielded his powers of clemency Tuesday for convicted white-collar criminals and the former Illinois governor accused of attempting to sell a US senate seat.

The wave of pardons and commutations, some of which Trump has been considering for years, came amid a post-impeachment flurry of presidential prerogative, from ridding his team of aides he deemed disloyal to flagrantly inserting himself into Justice Department matters.

Trump announced midday he had commuted the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who has served eight years of a 14-year sentence for the pay-for-play charges. Trump had been weighing the move since at least since 2018.

"He served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don't know him," Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews, suggesting the television appeals of Blagojevich's wife Patti helped cement his decision.

Trump also announced pardons for former New York police commissioner Bernie Kerik, convicted of tax fraud and lying to officials; Mike Milken, an investment banker known as the "Junk Bond King" who was convicted of felony charges that included securities fraud and conspiracy; and Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers who pleaded guilty in 1998 to failing to report a felony in a bribery case.
Of course, Roger Stone and many others who aided Trump's election are still sitting in prison (including Trump's own supporters who were aggressively prosecuted by "his" own Justice Department for fighting with antifa).

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