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Sunday, 21 May 2017 23:24

Dem senator compares Trump to Blagojevich

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disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

"What is at the heart of it, though, is a president who clearly is not taking advice from anybody," Durbin said during an interview on WGN Radio.

"The only analogy I can think of was when our former Gov. Blagojevich was really in trouble with impeachment and other things brewing and he took off for New York to appear on television shows."

Durbin said he never understood Blagojevich's actions at that time.

"I thought, 'You know you've got serious business at hand here. You ought to be listening to people instead of being in the spotlight,' " he said.

"Well, this president is always in the spotlight, and he's done things which are hard to even explain."

Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell an appointment to the Senate for cash after Barack ObamaBarack ObamaVoting advocates notch win at Supreme CourtOvernight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spendingWatchdog group sues for ex-lobbyist ethics waiversMORE vacated the seat when he was elected to the White House.

He was found guilty on 18 counts in 2011 and sentenced to 14 years at the time. An appeals court in 2015 overturned four convictions, but a federal judge upheld the original 14-year sentence in August.

Trump is currently on his first foreign trip as president. He arrived in Israel on Monday after visiting Saudi Arabia.

Trump is facing a series of controversies at home. Reports have surfaced recently that Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials and asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Last week, the Justice Department named a special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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