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A southern Illinois congressman who was in the Illinois General Assembly at the time of Rod Blagojevich's sentencing says he disagrees with President Trump's decision to commute the former governor's sentence.

Murphysboro republican Mike Bost says everyone is focusing on Blagojevich seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat, but the case went well beyond that.

"The shaking down of an orphanage -- for licensure purposes -- to a campaign fund. The shaking down of a children's hospital expansion for a contribution to his campaign fund. Several items that were just blatant abuse."