At least one Democrat agrees with President Donald Trump that the growing investigations into his financial affairs are nothing but targeted witch hunts being carried out by “political assassins.”
That Democrat happens to be former Illinois first lady Patricia Blagojevich. Her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was impeached from office and then sentenced to 14 years in federal prison in 2011 on what she believes are charges similar to those being leveled against Trump.
“It’s a dirty business, Martha, when these prosecutors with their unchecked power and no oversight can go after any politician they want,” she said Friday to Fox News host Martha MacCallum.
“They say those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. All they have to do is look back at what they did to my husband 10 years ago to see what they’re doing to President Trump right now. These same prosecutors, these same political assassins as I like to call them, are taking legal fundraising contributions and turning them into something that are crimes.”
Watch the first part of the interview below:
Blagojevich was convicted on a dozen corruption charges. He’s long since maintained his innocence. According to his wife, the fact that some of his charges were thrown out years later proves it.
“All that’s left of my husband’s case are three fundraising requests they are trying to say are now crimes because he asked for the campaign contributions and never received them,” she said.
“This is the same thing,” she added, referencing the growing allegations against Trump.
“Political fundraising is a First Amendment right as deemed by the Supreme Court, and these prosecutors are trying to rewrite the law and say that just because somebody gives you a campaign contributor and they hope someday you might talk to them about legislation, that is somehow a crime.”
This week a report broke that special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the president’s inaugural committee for donations it received from foreign high-profile figures.
According to another report, federal prosecutors in New York are likewise investigating the committee on allegations that it misspent some of its contributions.
“The criminal probe by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which is in its early stages, also is examining whether some of the committee’s top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions, some of the people said,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Watch the rest of the interview below:
Blagojevich’s wife sees an eerie similarity between these investigations and those that doomed her husband. Of special note are the people responsible for launching or conducting the investigations.
“It’s the same people: Mueller, Comey and Patrick Fitzgerald,” she said, referring to special counsel Mueller, former FBI Director James Comey (he played a role in launching the initial Russia investigation) and one of Comey’s lawyers, former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
“It’s the same group that went after my husband. They were successful going after my husband and locking him up and throwing away the key. And because no one stopped them from doing that to my husband, now they’re going after an even bigger target.”
“They’ve been emboldened because they got away with it with my husband, and they undid an election going after somebody they didn’t like for some reason,” she continued.
Patricia is hopeful the president will reverse this alleged injustice. Earlier this year she and her husband reportedly submitted a request for a pardon. At the time Trump signaled he’d approve it.
“Plenty of other politicians have said a lot worse. And it doesn’t, he shouldn’t have been put in jail. And he’s a Democrat. He’s not my party. But I thought that he was treated unfairly,” he said.
Yet the request still remains pending.
“I know the president is a busy man and has got a lot on his plate. I think that we have a petition for clemency to the president, and we hope and pray that we won’t have to go another holiday season without him. The president is about justice and fairness, and we hope that he looks at Rod and sees how unfair and how unjust … what’s been done to our family,” Patricia concluded.
Social media users appear to agree that her husband deserves to be freed:
Dear Mr President Trump if you have pardon two Turkey on Thanksgiving Day why not pardon Rod Blagojevich to come home to his daughters and his lovely wife Ms Patti Blagojevich.There has been Public Services politicians done worse things & gotten away with it pic.twitter.com/b89QVKyaZw
— Efrain Santiago (@EfrainS13865461) December 15, 2018
@pblagojevich @realDonaldTrump Rod Blagojevich is in dire need of your help. You have the power to pardon. #pardonrodblagojevich
— MonCherieLamour (@MonCherieLamour) December 15, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump plz pardon Blagojevich.
— Myrna ?? ❌ (@inthecopa) December 15, 2018
@realDonaldTrump Pardon and commute Blagojevich sentence. Dirty Comey, McCabe, Muller did to him what they are doing to YOU!
— jaxxG (@Redmeheart) December 15, 2018
@POTUS Please PARDON Rod @governorrod Blagojevich @pblagojevich HE IS AN INNOCENT MAN.
— poeticpotion (@poeticpotion111) June 23, 2018
Blagojevich has an unfair trial, he may not have been “innocent” but his trial was corrupted by Fitzgerald and Mueller who ironically benefited greatly from the “pay to play” theater.
— Bessie (@16megapixels) June 10, 2018
Blagojevich and his wife have two daughters.
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