WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican members of the U.S. House from Illinois have a message for President Donald Trump: Don't let Rod Blagojevich out of prison.
The seven members of the delegation, led by U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood of Peoria, wrote Trump on Monday to express concern over his statements that he was considering granting clemency to the former Illinois governor convicted of 18 counts of corruption and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Doing so "would set a detrimental precedent and send a damaging message on your efforts to root out public corruption in our government," they write.
The letter says that Blagojevich's sentence has repeatedly been upheld since being imposed, and argues that "commuting the sentence now would actually ensure the governor served less than the low end of the applicable guideline range" and it reminds Trump that his administration's own solicitor general called Blagojevich's most recent appeal "unwarranted."
The other members of the delegation are U.S. Reps. John Shimkus of Collinsville, Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Randy Hultgren of Plano, Adam Kinzinger of Channahon, Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Mike Bost of Murphysboro.