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Trump Releases Blagojevich From Prison, Pardons Financier Milken

Feb. 18, 2020, 8:41 PM

President Donald Trump announced a set of clemencies and pardons on Tuesday, including for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who was convicted of public corruption and for financier Michael Milken who was convicted of securities fraud.

The commutation of the 14-year prison sentence of Blagojevich brought a surprising end to one of the highest-profile public corruption cases of the 21st century.

Michael Milken

Trump’s closest confidants had urged him to pardon Milken, the 1980s “junk bond king” who has sought for decades to reverse his conviction.

Trump also pardoned former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was sentenced ...