1. Wide of Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich and wife, Patti, speaking to reporters
2. UPSOUND (English) Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich: "And as things get harder before they get better, Patti and I can't begin to tell you how grateful we are from the bottom of our hearts."
Chicago - 7 December 2011
3. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich gets into car
Littleton, Colorado - 15 March 2012
4. Various of Blagojevich arriving at Englewood Federal Correctional Institution
5. STILL image of Blagojevich arriving at Englewood Federal Correctional Institution
6. Wide of Blagojevich arriving at Englewood Federal Correctional Institution
Springfield, Illinois - 9 January 2008
7. Top pan of Illinois House meeting
8. UPSOUND (English) Representative Barbara Flynn Currie, House Majority Leader, Illinois General Assembly:
"This governor has violated his oath of office. This governor has breached the public trust. This governor must be impeached and I urge your aye vote."
9. Wide of resolution voting board
10. UPSOUND (English) Michael Madigan, Illinois Speaker of the House:
"The House does adopt House resolution 1671 and Governor Blagojevich is hereby impeached."
Chicago - 8 December 2008
11. UPSOUND (English) Reporter, off-camera: "Do you think the cloud that hangs over you is going to taint your pick?"
UPSOUND (English) Rod Blagojevich: "I don't believe there is any cloud that hangs over me."
New York - 27 January 2009
12. UPSOUND (English) Rod Blagojevich, speaking on telephone: "If I'm not governor anymore, can I come on your show? You're the man."
13. Mid of Blagojevich seated during interview
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Rod Blagojevich:
"...The best things that could clear all of this up would be if I was allowed to bring in every one of those taped conversations, not two of three or four, but every one of those taped conversations so that the people of Illinois can hear the full context of what I was discussing with regard to who the next US senator might be and if they hear that, they'll hear the whole truth, nothing but the truth and that will set me free. This is completely opposite of what President Nixon was doing during Watergate when he fought every step of the way to keep those tapes of his from being made public."
US President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik.
Trump also says he has granted clemency to financier Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty for violating U.S. securities laws. Kerik served just over three years for tax fraud and lying to the White House.
Trump confirmed the news to reporters before departing for California.
Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption just months after he appeared on Trump's reality TV show, "Celebrity Apprentice."
Blagojevich, who hails from a state with a long history of pay-to-play schemes, had been found guilty of crimes that included seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama's old Senate seat and trying to shake down a children's hospital.
The 63-year-old Democrat exhausted his last appellate option in 2018 and had seemed destined to remain behind bars until his projected 2024 release date. His wife, Patti, went on a media blitz in 2018 to encourage Trump to step in, praising the president and likening the investigation of her husband to special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election — a probe Trump long characterized as a "witchhunt."