Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Illinois Republican congressmen ask Trump to oppose clemency for Blagojevich
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Illinois Republican congressmen ask Trump to oppose clemency for Blagojevich

Monday, Jun 11, 2018

* Press release…

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR LAHOOD LEADS LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP OPPOSING BLAGOJEVICH PARDON/COMMUTATION
Letter Signed by Every House Republican from Illinois

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Darin LaHood sent a letter to President Trump arguing against a pardon and/or a commutation for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Rep. LaHood, a former Assistant United States Attorney with the US Department of Justice, led the letter with the support of every Illinois Republican member of Congress, laying out the many public corruption crimes and the illegal activity committed by the governor during his administration and the need to stand strong against pay-to-play politics in Illinois and across the country. Congressman LaHood and every Illinois Republican in Congress believe that pardoning such a clearly corrupt politician would set a dangerous precedent and send the wrong message regarding elected officials who violate the public trust.

The letter states:
While we understand that, as president, you have the privilege and right under our Constitution to grant pardons and clemency as you determine fit, we ask that you consider very carefully the precedent this may set and the impact it will have on acts of public corruption in the future. As you well know, the integrity of our democracy and the core of American values depend on our elected officials being honest in upholding the trust given to them by the American people. Granting clemency to Rod Blagojevich would go against this trust.

The full letter is here. It makes some very good points, including the fact that President Trump’s own Solicitor General asked the US Supreme Court not to take up Blagojevich’s last appeal, calling it “unwarranted.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments »
  1. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    Surprised they didn’t try to get a few Illinois Democrats to sign. I’m sure there is bipartisan support for this letter among the Illinois delegation.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    I’m not a congressman, Blago should be commuted, and still be a felon, and still have the conviction and the shame of the conviction stand.

    The reality is… Republicans, electeds in Illinois, can’t have a POTUS pardon Blago, and if a certain sitting governor in Illinois wants to go after POTUS for commuting, than that governor could (we don’t know how POTUS will react to stale Cheerios, let alone… ) face a barrage of tweets and remarks that will signal to Trumpkins in Illinois where that governor’s place in the Trump Party (nationally) exists.

    The congressmen, they already know to distance themselves where they can, but embrace the policies, publicly, where they must too.

    It should scare Illinois Republicans to let Rod out, even if commuting might be a solution.

    To clarify…

    I do feel Rod’s actions before, during, and after the trial(s) and convictions warrant the sentence, and the sentence meets every guideline for the crimes and the convictions.

    My feeling on the commuting? Given POTUS’ rationale for his other pardons, a pardon to Rod “makes sense” in a warped way to right a sentence… Rod earned.


  3. - Anon E. Moose - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    Rep. LaHood should mention that his dad served in the Obama Administration, so Trump can completely ignore his advice. Also, given Trump’s contempt for the Justice Dept., I doubt that he will put any stock in the Solicitor General’s opinion.


  4. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    This isn’t going to sway him. They need to find a celebrity endorser, preferably one that was a reality TV star.


  5. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:19 pm:

    As a republican not Raunerite let Blagoevich go. Commute his sentence he still has a felony rap. He is and will be forever a convicted felon. He is a jerk but not worth a 14 year sentence. If sentences are to deter getting hit with 14 years is a deterrence and sentencing is also to protect public from repeat offenders. I doubt Blagoevich will ever be in a position to re offend


  6. - Just saying - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    That letter is way too long for Trump to read.


  7. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    If Trump ever sees that on paper, he’s just gonna tear it up and some poor WH staffer is gonna have to tape it back together.


  8. - Demoralized - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:40 pm:

    If they could get Kim Kardashian to draft a letter of opposition they might have a better chance.


  9. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 3:48 pm:

    Agree 100% with OW. Let him go, time served, but the felony remains.


  10. - Steve Rogers - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:03 pm:

    Footnotes?? If you’re trying to get through to the president, that ain’t the way to do it. Demoralized is right, send Kim Kardashian or Roseanne. Or, the best bet would be to tell Sean Hannity. But footnotes?? Come on.


  11. - Flyer - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:21 pm:

    Expecting Trump to read that letter is like expecting General Assembly members to read all the bills they vote on.


  12. - wordslinger - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:53 pm:

    –As you well know, the integrity of our democracy and the core of American values depend on our elected officials being honest in upholding the trust given to them by the American people.–

    They sent that to Trump?

    Is that a gag?


  13. - Baker's Dozen - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 4:57 pm:

    The Republicans have to go on record as being against commutation — politically it’s suicide for them to support it, and philosophically they probably genuinely believe he belongs in prison. But from a purely practical standpoint, wouldn’t it actually be potentially a short-term advantage to have Rod Blagojevich around Illinois this summer and fall? He’s a huge millstone politically and could suck up a lot of airspace, which would not generally be to the benefit of Democratic candidates. It might not be enough to change anything, but when you’re not leading in the polls (and the Republicans aren’t) the idea of a wild card that potentially damages the Democrats has to hold at least some appeal.


  14. - blue dog dem - Monday, Jun 11, 18 @ 8:28 pm:

    Free Blago.


TrackBack URI

Post your comment... And please take a half second to come up with a nickname. It makes following the posts easier for everyone... Thanks

In other words, do your best to be civilized and smart.


* Does Walgreens post office move mean the end of HQ2 bid?
* *** UPDATED 1x - Pritzker buys $1M in FB ads *** Gov campaigns, Illinois Congressionals respond to border policy
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* *** UPDATED 1x - Pritzker hits back *** Rauner goes statewide with “Porcelain Prince” ad buy
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Governor visits Marion to tout new budget to st.....
* EDITORIAL: Nine bills Gov. Rauner should sign t.....
* GOP governors dodge family separations fallout..
* Ex-inspector to review Illinois House amid hara.....
* Who we are as Americans is being tested as our .....
* Madigan taps Rauner's former watchdog to pr.....
* Madigan taps Rauner's former watchdo.....
* Madigan taps Maggie Hickey for independent inve.....
* Madigan taps Maggie Hickey for independe.....
* Former federal prosecutor to investigate Illino.....


* Flash flooding prompts several vehicle rescues in Rockford
* Feds give $200,000 for cleanup contaminated Chicago site
* Suit: Many wrongly included on flawed Chicago gang database
* Police: Chicago-area man fatally shot wife, daughter
* Veterans Affairs to hold town hall on health care plans
* 17-year-old Chicago boy, still alive, is covered in a sheet
* Police say 3 victims shot to death in murder, suicide
* U of I curator describes thefts of rare book
* Police: 3 men fatally shot at Bloomington apartment building
* Police: 3 fatally shot at Bloomington apartment building

* Chatham man wins Illinois Bicentennial coin design contest
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Rauner names Justin Blandford curator of Governor's Mansion
* Rauner names Williamsville woman interim HFS director
* Both Rauner and Pritzker have donated to Mansion renovations
* Both candidates for governor have donated to Mansion renovations
* Illiopolis boy helps push bill to cover hearing aids for kids
* Under the Dome Podcast: AFSCME lawsuits everywhere, #MeToo fallout, governor ad war
* Rauner says more ads coming like one featuring other Republican governors

* Theranos didn't just harm investors
* Medicare readmissions program not causing observation stay spike
* Trump administration finalizes rule to expand association health plan access
* What's with the lighthouses on Michigan Avenue?
* Oprah Winfrey is now one of the world's wealthiest people


* Bucks’ Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest
* Mike Hoffman traded twice in one morning, lands with Panthers
* OPEC oil ministers gather to discuss production increase, oil price targets
* Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option
* Bill Cosby’s honorary degree revoked by Northwestern University
* Whole Foods local suppliers not sold on Amazon’s ‘order-to-shelf’ system
* China calls Trump on tariffs. Will it raise?
* CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker
* Man comes out of alley, shoots man to death in Austin
* Man wounded in Albany Park shooting


* Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee police for using a stun gun during his arrest
* Hinsdale District 86 eliminates controversial buffer zone, angering some parents
* Flash flooding in Rockford prompts numerous rescues; Fox and Des Plaines rivers on the rise
* A world without grace? Stepping into the shoes of separated immigrant families
* Man accused in murder of Niles North student: 'I was in shock' when fellow suspect shot teen
* 123 Larry Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire interim president John Engler
* Power restored as Cubs and Dodgers prepare for Game 1 of doubleheader
* This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad
* Some reasons the Blackhawks could trade their lottery pick
* Glenview looks to state reps, governor's office in fight against Amtrak Hiawatha project


» June 18, 2018 - Full Show
» Illinois Bicentennial Coin Unveiled
» Austin Texas, Like Chicago, Is Struggling With Pedestrian Safety
» Push To Bridge Gender Wage Gap Continues
» Pediatrics For Transgender Kids; ‘Pay What You Can’ Yoga Studio; Illinois Politics
» Dad-isms: Jokes and Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us
» Parkland Survivors Join Chicago Youth, Celebrities At St. Sabina's Peace March
» Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?
» Furniture From Closed CPS Schools Ends Up In Surprising Places
» Students Go Back In Time To Record On Machine That Democratized Music


* Chatham man wins Illinois Bicentennial coin design contest
* E.J. Dionne: GOP moderates fold to Trumpism
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* George Will: Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Bernard Schoenburg: Gov. Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Angie Muhs: New reporter will focus on local business coverage
* Our View: City should not put competing township referendum on ballot
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Leaders impact lives of homeless


* Daily Digest: Timber Pointe to dedicate fire circle
* Heat causes part of Interstate 55 to buckle north of Springfield
* BBB warns people not to shop at Rural King after nearly 100 complaints filed
* Motorcyclist charged with DUI in late-night crash on Interstate 70 ramp
* Council delays TIF policy vote until next week
* New adoptables in Decatur and Macon County. Pick your new dog or cat!
* Police find missing man in Carbondale
* As China trade talks continue, Southern Illinois farmers anticipate a tough market for future harvests
* Is climate change affecting us? Here's how to find out
* A big splash


* Grains lower and livestock lower
* Tributes paid to 3 London graffiti artists killed by a train
* Flash flooding prompts several vehicle rescues in Rockford
* The Latest: Attorneys general demand family separation stop
* Feds give $200,000 for cleanup contaminated Chicago site

* Heller, Rosen tangle over who can stop Yuc...
* Historic Trail Status Proposed for Route 66
* Why Are Millions Paying Online Tax Prepara...
* Millions of Americans pay unnecessary tax ...
* Kinzinger expects immigration solution, op...
* US House Schedule for Tuesday, June 19, 2018
* Veterans Corner 6/18/18
* Rep. Lipinski Holds Lockport Senior Fair
* New 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Trailer...
* Everything In The MCU Has Led To 'Ant-...

* Republicans chide FBI for 'kid glove t......
* Michael Horowitz, Christopher Wray Answer ......
* Blunt: Separating families at border '......
* McCaskill, Durbin, Duckworth sign onto lon......
* Blunt says Trump administration policy of ......

* As outcry against separation of families a......
* Blunt: Separating families at border '......
* McCaskill, Durbin, Duckworth sign onto lon......
* Blunt says Trump administration policy of ......
* Madigan taps Rauner's former watchdog ......

* The documentary Uncle Fun: You're the One and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
* The pattern to Rahm's sexual predator, filthy schools, and special ed scandals
* A Company’s Legal Health Calls for Skills that Attorneys Lack — But the Legal Industry is Reluctant to Accept This
* Challenging The Media's Distorted Images Of Incarceration
* Here's A List Of Organizations That Are Mobilizing To Help Immigrant Children Separated From Their Families
* The Acoustic Cool Breeze Pot Head Test
* The [Thursday] Papers
* Who’s to say which way our political structure will lean after Nov. election
* Distinguished CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock


* 2017 Wabash County Tentative Multiplier Announced
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Cook County
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Will Count
* Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cereal
* PHIL VASSAR AND LOVE AND THEFT ROUND OUT THE DU QUOIN STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND

  
* IBM is offering a free blockchain course for students in India
* Preview: Dungeon Brewmaster is a disgustingly good VR game
* Burn your boat
* You’ll soon see a Google Podcasts app on the Play Store (Update: Google spills the beans)
* Google launches a podcast app for Android with personalized recommendations
* OPPO Find X launching as first North American and European device
* GraphQL for databases: A layer for universal database access?

* White Sox Minor League Update: June 18, 2018
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 18, 2018
* White Sox in 60: Trevor Bauer stymies Sox offense
* Bauer, Indians beat skidding White Sox
* Covey's struggles, defensive miscues hurt Sox
* Bauer tosses seven scoreless innings, Tribe tops White Sox o...
* Dylan Covey and Rick Renteria on the White Sox's 6-2 los...


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller