Trump declares himself ‘chief law enforcement officer’ as he issues numerous pardons , President Trump on Tuesday exercised his pardon power ,
Granting clemency to or commuting the sentences of nearly a dozen people convicted of crimes, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and junk bond pioneer Michael Milken. Trump also referred to himself as the nation’s “chief law enforcement officer,” a title typically reserved for the attorney general.
On Tuesday morning, the White House announced Trump’s pardoning of former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. for his involvement in a 1998 corruption case against former Louisiana Gov.
Edwin Edwards. Ohio pastor Darrell Scott, a longtime Trump supporter, told the Associated Press that he submitted “a package” to ,
The president advocating for DeBartolo’s pardon.Speaking on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One en route to a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, Trump announced that he had commuted Blagojevich’s sentence.
The former governor is serving a 14-year sentence on federal corruption charges. “He seems like a very nice person,” Trump told reporters. “I watched his wife on television.”Patricia Blagojevich had appeared on numerous Fox News shows to appeal for her husband, who was once featured as a guest contestant on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice.”
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was convicted for abusing his powers as governor by seeking campaign contributions in exchange for filling the Illinois Senate seat left open when Barack Obama became president.For months Trump had been considering a pardon for the former Illinois governor, who the president said was treated “very, very unfairly.”
The president also told reporters that he had granted clemency to former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik for corruption and financier Michael Milken for regulatory crimes.