* From a Patti Blagojevich op-ed in the Washington Examiner…
So how did it all go so wrong?
Hindsight is always 20/20. Little did we know how truly corrupt the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI really were. With predawn raids, overzealous prosecutors with a flair for big, flashy press conferences and the need to secure convictions at all costs, even when the evidence suggests otherwise, we have learned the hard way how some prosecutors have weaponized their unchecked power to criminalize the routine practices of politics and government.
A few hours after the predawn raid where my husband was taken away, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald held a press conference where he announced to the world that Rod was trying to “sell” President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
That sensational charge is what people remember, but it was a lie. In July 2015, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed those charges, ruling that the so-called “sale of the Senate seat” was not a crime. It was nothing more than routine “political logrolling.”
My husband fought the charges. He resisted the relentless efforts by the prosecutors bullying him to plead guilty. They even threatened him with a life sentence. But he refused to give in.
Why? Because we trusted the system, unaware that the case against him was rigged from the beginning.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI chief James Comey, and Fitzgerald have done more than enough damage to our family. Their politically biased agendas and insatiable desire to convict, even where no crimes exist, should frighten every single citizen in our country.
Mueller and Comey are two of President Trump’s “favorite” people.
But notice she doesn’t mention how her husband shook down a children’s hospital exec for bigtime campaign bucks before he’d release their state funding. Wonder why?
*** UPDATE *** Pearson takes a look…
Blagojevich, though, was arrested at his home on Dec. 9, 2008, more than a month before home-state U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was inaugurated president. […]
In reality, her husband was still convicted of wire fraud involving discussions to personally profit from selling the Senate appointment. The charges that were dropped were due to a technicality involving jury instructions. […]
On upholding the other 13 charges against the impeached former governor, Easterbrook wrote on behalf of the three-judge appellate panel that “the evidence, much of it from Blagojevich’s own mouth, is overwhelming.”
Not mentioned in Patti Blagojevich’s column were her husband’s convictions of attempting to shakedown an executive of a children’s hospital and a racetrack owner for campaign cash in exchange for official actions.