The eldest daughter of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich lashed out at former President Barack Obama Thursday for not commuting her father’s sentence prior to leaving office. In a scathing open letter posted on her mother’s Facebook page, and since removed, 20-year-old Amy Blagojevich wrote, “You’ve broken my heart once again, and you’ve betrayed the concept of justice like many other heartless individuals have done before you. I thought you were different. I thought you had a moral compass,” and added that she thinks believes, like other politicians, Obama is “selfish and spineless.”
Rod Blagojevich is currently serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison for being found guilty of corruption. He was convicted in late 2011 on a slew of corruption charges, including attempting to essentially sell Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate after he resigned to assume the presidency. As governor, Blagojevich had the broad power to appoint Obama’s successor in the Senate. Following his impeachment and removal from office in 2009, Blagojevich, now 60, went through two trials before being convicted. He reported to prison in March of 2012 and is scheduled to be released in 2024.
In the open letter to Obama, Amy Blagojevich opened up about the disruption to her family’s life her father’s legal fate has caused, describing it as a lost childhood. She said she’s had mixed feelings about Obama — at one time during his presidency she considered herself a supporter — but now admits she is “bitter and full of hate.” She further criticized Obama for shortening the sentence of people like Chelsea Manning, adding that he didn’t need to pardon her father, only commute his sentence. According to The Associated Press, Amy and her younger sister, Annie, recently had sent letters to Obama begging him to commute his sentence, a point she also touched on in the letter.
Last August, Blagojevich lost an appeal in federal court when a judge refused to shorten his sentence. Outside the courtroom following the decision, Patti Blagojevich, his wife denounced the sentence and the ruling to uphold it as “unusually cruel, heartless and unfair.” Amy Blagojevich was seen on camera alongside her sister, behind her mother crying at the time. Watch the video below for more on the failed appeal.
Read the full story and the complete letter at The Chicago Sun-Times.