UPDATE: Congressional Republicans oppose Blagojevich clemency

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Updated June 12, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

UPDATE: CHICAGO (AP) -- The Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency.

Trump has said he is considering commuting the Democrat's sentence for corruption. Blagojevich has served about six-and-a-half years of his 14-year sentence.

Blagojevich, his wife Patti, has embarked on a public relations effort to get his sentence commuted. Patti Blagojevich has said she and the couple's two children have long awaited the day "when Rod could come back home where he belongs."

However, in a letter to Trump the Republican congressmen said commuting Blagojevich's sentence would "send a damaging message on your efforts to root out public corruption in our government."

Blagojevich argued he engaged in run-of-the-mill politicking and never crossed legal lines. But prosecutors say he used his powers as governor to shake people down for campaign contributions, including a children's hospital.

To read the full letter click here.

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Posted June 6, 2018, 4:28 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

A spokesman for Blagojevich's lawyers told the Chicago Tribune it was submitted Tuesday to the Department of Justice. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the paperwork is a formality and that Trump doesn't necessarily require it to act.

Trump last week broached the possibility of freeing the 61-year-old, suggesting the one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant was convicted for "being stupid." But many Illinois voters regarded Blagojevich's corruption as brazen. His convictions included attempting to extort a children's hospital.

Blagojevich's wife, Patti, recently went on a media blitz to encourage Trump to intervene to reduce her husband's sentence.