Trump pardons disgraced former governor

In addition to Rod Blagojevich, the president granted clemency to Bernie Kerik, a former police commissioner and friend of Rudy Giuliani.
3:28 | 02/19/20

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Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a Tuesday night. And we begin tonight with the flurry of pardons from president trump today, who declared he is the chief law enforcement officer in this country. Granting clemency to 11 individuals and among them, commuting the sentence of former Illinois governor rod blagojevich, who was a one-time contestant on the president's show "Celebrity apprentice." The president said today he had seen blagojevich's wife and her pleas on TV. She had repeatedly pleaded for clemency on Fox News. Also on the list, former new York City police commissioner Bernard kerik, appointed by then New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, they are still good friends. And this all comes as the president has faced scrutiny for his public comments about the Roger stone case and about federal prosecutors. The justice department reducing stone's sentence recommendation. ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl leading us off tonight. Reporter: The most famous name on president trump's clemency list today, rod blagojevich. The disgraced former Illinois governor and one-time contestant on "Celebrity apprentice." I'll do anything legal and ethical and honest. Money money money Reporter: Blagojevich, a Democrat, has served eight years of a 14-year sentence for attempting to sell Barack Obama's senate seat. His wife Patti appealed directly to the president on Fox News. The president is about justice and fairness and we hope that he looks at rod. Reporter: The president was watching. He served eight years in jail. That's a long time. I watched his wife on Reporter: The president also issued pardons to other high profile people at the urging of his friends and supporters, including the former New York City police commissioner, Bernie kerik, a long-time friend of Rudy Giuliani's, convicted of tax fraud. Another pardon went to one-time junk bond king Michael milken, who served time in the 1990s for securities fraud. This comes as president trump is under fire for attacking federal prosecutors in cases against his political allies. Today, he was at it again, complaining about the treatment of his friend Roger stone and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose case is now under special review by attorney general bill Barr. I think Roger stone's been treated unfairly. I think general Flynn has been treated very unfairly. I think a lot of people have been treated very unfairly. Reporter: These are just the kind of comments that Barr told ABC's Pierre Thomas are making his job impossible. To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, make it impossible for me to do my job. Are you making his job impossible? Yeah, I do make his job harder, I do agree with that. I think that's true. He's a very straight shooter. We have a great attorney general and he's working very hard. Reporter: The president said he hasn't actually intervened in any of these cases, but he insisted he could if he wanted to. I'm allowed to be totally involved. I'm actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country. All right, so, let's get to Jonathan Karl, live at the white house tonight. Roger stone will be sentenced on Thursday. And the president was asked today if he's going to pardon stone. Reporter: He's been asked that before, David, but he says he hasn't given that any thought. Even as he said that, he said stone has been treated unfairly and sounded like a president that will at least consider giving stone a pardon down the road. All right, we will see. Jon Karl live at the white house tonight.

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