President Trump commuted the sentence of impeached former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and pardoned former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken, among others.
Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to sell the US Senate seat vacated by former Senator Obama when he was elected president in 2008. In December 2008, Governor Blagojevich tried to save 200 workers’ jobs at a window-and-door factory that was in financial trouble, and he threatened the Bank of America with blocking future business with the state of Illinois unless the lender stepped up its assistance to the company. He criticized the bank for receiving $25-billion in taxpayer bailout money and said: “the purpose of that money was supposed to be to provide a line of credit to businesses like this, to keep workers working, and keep people employed.”
President Donald Trump commuted the jail sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) on Tuesday, Trump confirmed to reporters.
“I watched his wife on television; I don’t know him very well,” Trump said, acknowledging that the former governor appeared on his show Celebrity Apprentice. “Seemed like a very nice person, don’t know him. … I did commute his sentence.”
Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Barack Obama after he was elected president in 2008. To date, Blagojevich has served over seven years of his prison sentence.
Trump said that Blagojevich was prosecuted by “the same people, Comey, Fitzpatrick, the same group” that prosecuted him, and acknowledged that even though the governor was a Democrat, he deserved release from prison.
“Very far from his children, they’re growing older. They’re going to high school now. They rarely get to see their father outside of an orange uniform,” Trump said. “I saw that, and I did commute his sentence.”
The president has frequently discussed the idea of a pardon for Blagojevich, as he views the 14-year penalty as too harsh just for “being stupid” by discussing something that “many other politicians say.”
The Illinois state legislature impeached Blagojevich and removed him from office in 2009, which led him to appear on Celebrity Apprentice.
Approximately one-third of the entire population of the globe now is under some sort of a lockdown order. A few are able to work at home, but the vast majority are forcibly unemployed. Many small businesses will not survive the folly of their leaders, and the number of homeless will drastically rise.
Projection for COVID-19 infections is about one one-thousands as severe as for the common flu. [1-billion infections of flu compared to approximately one-million infections of COVID-16.] In other words, the common flu is a thousand times more dangerous than COVID-19.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened fines and arrest for people who defy her stay-at-home order. She said that outdoors is only for brief respite, not long long exposure. The mandate that carries a $500 fine, if violated once. Repeat offenders will be arrested. This is the face of martial law.
The web site for CovidActNow, that is being used by media, state governors, local leaders, and county judges as a reason to quarantine, says: “this [computer] model is designed to drive fast action, not predict the future.” [In other words, the predictions are propaganda, not science.]
Scientist and Imperial College author Neil Ferguson several weeks ago warned that the coronavirus would kill 500,000 people in the United Kingdom. He now says that, if all goes as expected, the death toll will be 20,000 people or fewer. Ferguson has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not expecting to die.
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow announced the total coronavirus relief package will come to around $6-trillion, with $2-trillion in “direct assistance” to Main Street and “roughly $4-trillion in Federal Reserve lending power” for Wall Street.
These experts’ concerns include: the fact that the destruction of the economy will cause more deaths than the coronavirus, there are no scientific standards for testing for the presence of the virus, most deaths are only in the elderly population, and more!
The mayor said that water and power would be turned off for nonessential businesses to force them to close. He called the businesses that have yet to close “irresponsible and selfish.” While small business owners are fighting for economic survival, the Mayor enjoys a handsome salary with no interruptions or reductions.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cut interest rates to zero, launched unlimited quantitative easing (money creation), has committed to buy $1-trillion in Treasury Bonds and mortgage-backed securities, and municipal bonds. All this adds up to a death warrant for the American economy.
India’s economy has come to a screeching halt as residents in 75 districts across the country, including in major cities, such as the capital New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore have been forced into mandatory quarantine by the government until March 31.
Prince Charles openly called for transforming the world’s economic model at a “revolutionary” pace, re-engineering the business model to change industries, markets and employment for the the green agenda. The changes would affect every business sector imaginable.
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Duterte invited citizens to shoot and injure, but not kill, any public officials they witness taking bribes, promising immunity from prosecution. Duterte, a former mayor and prosecutor, was careful to distinguish tokens of gratitude from bribes.
Bank of America announced it will not lend money to some gun makers just weeks after Citigroup announced that it will not do business with retailers unless they restrict gun sales. Powerful companies like BofA and Citigroup can make sweeping changes to America without a single political vote being cast. Political activists lobby big companies in secret. You might not even know it’s happening, yet it can affect your life immensely, as much as any federal law. Ideological differences are punished in the marketplace.