On Tuesday President Donald Trump pardoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), who went to prison after attempting to sell a Senate appointment and extorting a children’s hospital.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room,” Illinois Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi slammed the president’s actions.
“I think that in part, he’s sending a message to folks like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone and others, which is that if you stay on the team, you keep silent about any other information that you know with regard to the president, then you might be rewarded as well, down the road.”
“The Republican congressmen from your home state of Illinois have signed onto a statement saying they are disappointed in the president’s decision to commute the sentence of the former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich,” said Blitzer. “They say this: ‘As our state continues to grapple with political corruption, we shouldn’t let those who breached the public trust off the hook.’ Do you agree with them?”
“In general, I do,” said Krishnamoorthi. “Unfortunately, our state has a history of corruption. In this particular case, Rod Blagojevich shook down the head of a children’s hospital for a campaign donation. I think that he hasn’t shown any remorse or contrition for what he did. On top of all this, the process by which Rod Blagojevich’s sentence was commuted seems very whimsical. It’s not based on facts and fairness. I think all of that leads one to believe that this is inappropriate.”
CNN’s Cuomo destroys Trump for cutting off aid to governors he doesn’t like: ‘This is not about you’
On Friday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo tore into President Donald Trump for attacking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) at a time when her state is in dire need of federal help amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Governors all over the country are echoing the cries of the sick, the scared, the desperate on the front line, and the president's response to their calls for help? Ask nicely," said Cuomo, playing a clip of Trump at the day's press conference.
"All I want them to do, very simple. I want them to be appreciative," said Trump in the clip. "I say, Mike [Pence], don't call the governor of Washington. You're wasting your time with him. Don't call the woman in Michigan. It doesn't make any difference what happens. If they don't treat you right, I don't call."
Trump refuses to invite Speaker Pelosi to coronavirus bill signing after she delivers the votes for him
On Friday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump is not inviting any Democrats to the signing ceremony for the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package — even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the rank and file Democrats in Congress played a huge role in its negotiation and passage.
"On the signing ceremony, it appears no Democrats have been invited to President Trump's signing ceremony, despite the fact that every now and then he says that the country needs to come together, how great it is that the bill passed the Senate 96-0," said anchor Jake Tapper to reporter Kaitlan Collins. "Is there a strategy behind this? Is he trying to make it seem as though only Republicans are bringing this well-needed aid to the American people? Or is this just petulance and pettiness?"
Sanjay Gupta does the math on how many could be killed by COVID-19 in the next 2 weeks — and it’s frightening
During a panel discussion on health authorities and governors across the country begging for desperately needed ventilators to combat the effects of COVID-19, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta sketched out the numbers for how many will be needed and said he was stunned that President Donald Trump is still dragging his feet.
Speaking with "New Day" host John Berman, the doctor noted that U.S. is still behind the curve when it comes to getting a handle on the pandemic.
"We heard from the president last night questioning whether he really believed that New York City needed the 30,000 ventilators that Governor [Andrew] Cuomo says he needs. What is the need?" host Berman asked. "Doesn't the federal government tell us how many ventilators we need and how many we have, and isn't there a discrepancy there?"