CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made it home after his prison sentence was commuted Tuesday by President Trump.
He was released from a Colorado prison Tuesday hours after President Donald Trump announced he commuted Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence.
A swarm of cameras met Blagojevich when he arrived through the terminal. On the way, he spoke again with WGN and said he's grateful for his wife and denied being responsible for his charges.
"I didn’t do the things they said I did," Blagojevich said.
In a WGN News exclusive earlier in Denver, reporter Julie Unruh spoke with Blagojevich as he arrived to catch his flight home to Chicago.
Blagojevich thanked supporters on the tram.
“It means a lot to me, thank you, appreciate you guys, Blagojevich said. "Have a safe trip.”
Blagojevich expressed gratitude to President Trump.
“It’s been a long time. I’m profoundly grateful to President Trump and it’s a profound and everlasting gratitude,” Blagojevich said. “He didn’t have to do this, he’s a Republican president and I was a Democratic governor. I’ll have a lot more to say tomorrow.”
A news conference has been set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the family’s home.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Rod Blagojevich Homecoming Press Conferece: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at the Blagojevich Family Residence. 11:00 am (CST).
— Patti Blagojevich (@pblagojevich) February 19, 2020
Earlier, Trump told reporters the former governor’s sentence was “ridiculous.”
Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption just months after he appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” The former governor is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday, according to a person close to him, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they had not seen any signed paperwork.