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“I’ve got this thing, and it’s f---ing golden,” said then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2008, referring to his ability to fill the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama. “And I’m just not giving it up for f---ing nothing.”. We know this because Blagojevich’s phone was being tapped by the FBI; his efforts to get personal benefit in exchange for that Senate seat made up some of the multiple counts of bribery and extortion that resulted in his conviction and 14-year sentence. But now, a savior has ridden to Blagojevich’s rescue :. [President] Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One that he had commuted the sentence of Blagojevich, noting he’d seen Blagojevich’s wife ... Full story

18 February