President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a pardon for billionaire former NFL owner Ed DeBartolo -- and news broke shortly after that Trump plans to commute the sentence of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Blagojevich, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his attempt to sell off Barack Obama's former Senate seat to the highest bidder after the 2008 election, got to know Trump when he was a contestant on his "Celebrity Apprentice" reality TV show.
Since Trump's election, his wife, Patti Blagojevich, has regularly gone on Fox News to lobby the president to pardon her husband, who so far has served just over half of his prison sentence.
Reaction to the Blagojevich commutation was swift and and harsh, as the president has shown himself more than willing to use his pardon power to help political allies including Sheriff Joe Arpaio, polemicist Dinesh D'Souza, and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was accused by his own fellow soldiers of committing war crimes.
Check out some reactions to Trump's latest commutations and pardons below.
Rod Blagojevich Trying To Sell Presidential Commutation To Cellmate For $2.8 Million https://t.co/UIczauJ3Tc https://t.co/r0wdoNK5jt— The Onion (@The Onion)1582048080.0
Blagojevich was convicted of: -fraud and conspiracy charges from trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat -extorting a ch… https://t.co/4zt9Lx5S5r— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1582047977.0
Blagojevich was literally impeached and removed from office (in a unanimous vote), and barred from ever holding sta… https://t.co/IUaoh0rUH4— David Nir (@David Nir)1582047627.0
Blagojevich appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. Blagojevich's wife, Patti, made a direct appeal to Tr… https://t.co/YJrccaivrU— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1582048313.0
Blagojevich appeared on Trump's TV show, and his family reportedly hired Trump associates to lobby on his behalf.… https://t.co/pncWocCkfA— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1582047921.0
Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr. Because corruption is legal now. https://t.co/6jSWLxg3jt— Bill Maxwell 😷 #BuildBackBetter (@Bill Maxwell 😷 #BuildBackBetter)1582045010.0
Another pardon aimed directly at keeping people from testifying against Trump. DeBartolo Jr. pled guilty to faili… https://t.co/4V5H0X3leR— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer)1582049330.0
BREAKING: President Trump just pardoned to former 49ers executive Edward DeBartolo Jr. This man pleaded guilty in… https://t.co/0tgyMFhgDI— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1582046524.0
Trump pardons/commutations: -Sherif convicted of racial profiling -Dweeb convicted of campaign finance violations… https://t.co/k343XjCgSP— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@Patrick S. Tomlinson)1582048040.0
Blagojevich getting pardoned by Trump on the heels of a recent study that ranked Chicago the most corrupt city in A… https://t.co/gQbREAyjHD— Aaron Cynic (@Aaron Cynic)1582049991.0