(AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday terminated former Illinois
Gov. Rod Blagojevich
's two-year supervised release, which had been granted by President Donald Trump
after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison
U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis issued an order stating that “early termination of supervision is granted as to Rod Blagojevich.” Ellis also stated that the order was agreed to by prosecutors.
In February 2020, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence, but left in place the two-year supervised release period imposed by U.S. District Judge James Zagel.
agents arrested then-Gov. Blagojevich in 2008 after wiretaps captured him bragging about using his power to appoint someone to Barack Obama
's old Senate
seat in order to land a high-paying job or campaign cash, as well as attempting to bribe a children
's hospital. He was convicted of corruption in 2011.
“I didn’t do the things they said I did, and they lied to me,” Blagojevich, a former contestant on Trump’s reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice
,” said as he walked through O’Hare International Airport after being released after a yearslong lobbying effort by his wife, Patti.
Blagojevich has earned money
since his release from the federal prison camp in Littleton, Colorado
, by making videos for Cameo, a website where users pay for personalized video messages from celebrities
, and by hosting a weekly podcast for WLS-AM radio called "The Lightning Rod."