"Roger Stone is a victim of a political persecution. As an act of justice and mercy, please, mister president, pardon Roger Stone," Blagojevich said in a video statement Thursday.
"Imagine yourself sitting on a plane and then the pilot announces before takeoff that he hasn't flown in 25 years," Blagojevich said. "Wouldn't you want to get off that plane? I don't want to hurt anybody."