Jesse Jackson calls for Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with journalists in the year 2013.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, sent a personal appeal to President Trump last Friday, and asked him to pardon the imprisoned former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.

Jackson, civil rights activist, whose non-profit Rainbow PUSH Coalition based in Chicago, argues that Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence “unjust and unnecessary.”

“Rod Blagojevich was Governor, for the people of the state of Illinois,” Jackson in a letter that was signed said of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, his son. “We stand with his family, as you try a full pardon for a husband and father who has served the most deserving in a sentence that was far longer than the insult.”


Blagojevich was convicted of various offences, including also try to appoint his power to someone, the former President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job. He served seven years and three months of his prison sentence – one of the toughest penalties for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.

Trump has previously talked about the release of the ex-Governor says he was sentenced for “stupid”, but no action was taken.


Illinois Republicans in Congress Trump the rejection of the application asked for clemency.

Jesse Jackson Jr is a former member of Congress who was convicted of campaign money for personal purposes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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