Blagojevich: House Democrats would've impeached Lincoln, too

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich writes in a column that fellow Democrats in the U.S. House who impeached President Donald Trump would have done the same if Abraham Lincoln were in office

Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year federal sentence for corruption, doesn't mention Trump by name in the column titled, “ House Democrats Would Have Impeached Lincoln." However, his wife, Patti, tagged the Republican president when retweeting the column, published Wednesday by the conservative website Newsmax.

Trump has said he's considering a commutation for Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to trade former President Barack Obama's Senate seat for campaign money. He also tried to shake down executives from a children’s hospital and within the horse racing industry for campaign contributions.

Blagojevich, who entered federal prison in 2012, has formally applied for a commutation, and his wife has lobbied hard on his behalf. His relationship with the president dates to 2009 when he was contestant on Trump’s TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

He wrote that current House Democrats would have tried to impeach Lincoln, a Republican, for a number of reasons, including the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery.

Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009, becoming the first governor in Illinois history to be impeached.