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Former Illinois governor claims Democrats would impeach Lincoln in op-ed from jail

Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has claimed that current House Democrats would have tried to impeach President Abraham Lincoln for ‘abuse of power.’

Blagojevich questioned whether Democrats would use ‘flimsy impeachment standard’ against Lincoln for alleged ‘obstruction of Congress’ in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Democratic former governor wrote an opinion piece for the conservative website, Newsmax, from prison in Colorado. 

He is currently serving a 14-year sentence for public corruption for his attempt to trade Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for personal gains and for also trying to extort a children’s hospital. 

Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, (pictured) has claimed that current House Democrats would have tried to impeach Abraham Lincoln for 'abuse of power'

Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, (pictured) has claimed that current House Democrats would have tried to impeach Abraham Lincoln for 'abuse of power'

Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, (pictured) has claimed that current House Democrats would have tried to impeach Abraham Lincoln for ‘abuse of power’

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Former Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich appeared to support Donald Trump in his op-ed and referenced incidences where he believed Abraham Lincoln would have been impeached if he had been investigated by current House Democrats 

In the piece he wrote: ‘Lincoln didn’t ask Congress for permission when he declared an end to nearly 250 years of slavery and offered freedom to millions of slaves in the American South. He neither consulted Congress nor sought its consent before he acted.

‘In fact, at the time Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the Democrats of that day opposed it.’

The 62-year-old said Democrat House speaker Nancy Pelosi would likely bring impeachment charges against Lincoln for ‘Confederate Collusion’ when he offered Virginia native General  Robert E. Lee command of the U.S. Army.

He continued: ‘When his native state of Virginia left the Union, General Lee left with it, eventually going on to become the commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia and the greatest military leader of the Civil War.

‘Can’t you see how a Speaker Pelosi and many of today’s House Democrats would call for the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate Lincoln for “Confederate Collusion” and bring impeachment charges for abuse of power for offering the top military command to a guy who would go on to become the top military commander of the other side?’

Lee had a reputation as one of the finest officers in the United States Army and Lincoln offered him the command of the Federal forces in April 1861.  

Blagojevich also alluded to his own experience of being impeached, saying: ‘In 1998 I was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the Clinton impeachment, and in 2009, as the 40th governor of Illinois, I had the unhappy experience of being impeached and removed from office.

Blagojevich said that Democrat House speaker Nancy Pelosi would likely bring impeachment charges against Lincoln for 'Confederate Collusion' when he offered Virginia native General Robert E. Lee command of the U.S. Army

Blagojevich said that Democrat House speaker Nancy Pelosi would likely bring impeachment charges against Lincoln for 'Confederate Collusion' when he offered Virginia native General Robert E. Lee command of the U.S. Army

Blagojevich said that Democrat House speaker Nancy Pelosi would likely bring impeachment charges against Lincoln for ‘Confederate Collusion’ when he offered Virginia native General Robert E. Lee command of the U.S. Army

In his column, Blagojevich said Lincoln didn't ask Congress for permission when he declared an end to nearly 250 years of slavery and offered freedom to millions of slaves

In his column, Blagojevich said Lincoln didn't ask Congress for permission when he declared an end to nearly 250 years of slavery and offered freedom to millions of slaves

In his column, Blagojevich said Lincoln didn’t ask Congress for permission when he declared an end to nearly 250 years of slavery and offered freedom to millions of slaves

‘Nevertheless, I offer this interesting and unique perspective about impeachment as I sit here in prison.’

He concludes his piece by saying: ‘No president is safe if a majority of hyperpartisan House members from the opposition party are willing to abuse the Constitution and vote to impeach.

‘And the worst part of it is, that should this happen, those politicians are taking from the people their right to choose their own leaders though free elections.’

The op-ed column appears to support Donald Trump, who became the third president in American history to be impeached on a largely party line vote,and is likely to face trial.

The House voted 230-197 to impeach Trump for abuse of power – accusing him of using his powers for personal gain by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Moments later, the House voted 229-198 to impeach Trump on a second charge of obstruction of Congress.

Back in August, Trump said that he was seriously considering commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year sentence for public corruption from his attempt to trade Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for personal gains. He is pictured above with wife Patti

Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year sentence for public corruption from his attempt to trade Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for personal gains. He is pictured above with wife Patti

Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year sentence for public corruption from his attempt to trade Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for personal gains. He is pictured above with wife Patti

Back in August, Trump said that he was seriously considering commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Back in August, Trump said that he was seriously considering commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Back in August, Trump said that he was seriously considering commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich served from January 2003 to January 2009, when the Illinois Senate removed him from office. Blagojevich began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year turned away Blagojevich’s latest bid to shorten his prison sentence.

Prosecutors in the case said Blagojevich, a Democrat and former contestant on Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ reality TV show, solicited campaign contributions in exchange for raising pediatric healthcare reimbursement rates and legislation supporting his state´s horse racing industry. 

Blagojevich also tried to sell or trade the Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated after winning the 2008 U.S. presidential election, prosecutors said.

‘I think it´s enough, seven years,’ Trump said back in August, adding that Blagojevich was not a friend and not a member of the same political party.

‘Not a friend of mine. He´s a Democrat, not a Republican. It´s Illinois. I think he was treated very very unfairly, just as others were.’

The White House has suggested before that such a commutation was possible. An official said last year that the president was still considering the issue.

Blagojevich, had filed paperwork in June 2018 asking the President to commute his 14-year prison term.

Trump had previously suggested 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, even went on a media blitz to encourage Trump to intervene to reduce her husband’s sentence.  


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