the President died in office, the duty of commander-in-chief was not filled
by the former Vice President, but the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Even before Lincoln had died, Stanton
erroneously accused Virginia for the conspiracy against the United States
government. He vowed to quickly end
the matter, declaring he would have his kidnapping suspects hanged before
Lincoln was buried. The investigation
and conspiracy trial, which determined their guilt, was conducted entirely under
Stanton's strict supervision and restrictions. All the while his true intention was to
cover-up his own involvement in the 1865, U. S. terrorist attack.
the hysteria caused by Civil War and assassination had settled, the
conspiracy evidence collected and evaluated by Stanton's appointed military
personnel remained restricted from public access for more than seven
decades. During those many years of
censorship, the only initial source of information available to researchers
investigating the crime was from the trial transcripts. This seriously flawed conspiracy trial
evidence and testimonies was designed to accuse would be kidnappers as assassins. In several convictions, such as that of
Dr. Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlin, the prosecution
presented evidence and testimonies that had nothing to do with
later it was learned that the prosecution selectively edited, suppressed or
destroyed statements and letters which would have revealed the true
conspiracy, while many other significant pieces of evidence were never
considered. Evidence, such as
Booth's 1864, kidnapping manifesto, the European assassination plot to kill
Secretary Seward and General Sherman, Booth's confession letter to the National Intelligencer, his diary,
and most importantly George Atzerodt's last confession, all suppressed by
the Military Commission. (Secretary
Stanton's signature trademark was missing documents.)
the conspiracy trial ended, Secretary Stanton promoted Washington's chief
of detectives Col. Lafayette Baker to General for his service during the
conspiracy investigation. Early in
1867, General Baker was assigned to gather any information on President
Johnson which The Radicals could use for their impeachment charges against
him. General Baker was caught,
red-handed spying on the President, and Washington's chief secret service
investigator, (General Baker) was banned from the White House. Baker called on Stanton to come to his
defense, but Stanton responded by dismissing Baker from the military. In retaliation Baker turned his vengeance
on the Secretary of War by revealing some previously suppressed military
secrets, and one of the biggest secrets Baker knew was Booth's hidden
diary. It had been recovered two
years earlier from Booth's body by Baker's own hand-picked civilian
detective who had no military rank, but commanded the Cavalry detachment
who caught and killed Booth. None of
the many who knew about Booth's diary had ever spoke of it until Baker
broke his alliance with Stanton.
subpoenaed Booth's diary from the War Department, and for the first time
ever the diary was known to Congress and made public. Many previously suppressed facts about the
assassination were finally revealed.
Once reviewed Booth's diary confession exposed a high-ranking
government official had promised Booth immunity for killing the
President. A five-man congressional
committee, headed by retired Maj. Gen. and Congressman, Benjamin Butler was
established to investigate Baker's charges that President Johnson was a
Confederate spy. Butler's
congressional investigation discovered that President Johnson was not the
high-ranking official Booth had tried to name. Their findings led to the suspicion that
the impeachment charges against President Johnson was over the same
indistinguishable reason for killing Lincoln. Seven radical Congressman, led by Senator
Fessenden from Maine realized this treasonous attempt to impede the legal
rights of the Executive Branch, and broke ranks with their political
counterparts, denying a congressional majority vote that would have also
unlawfully removed President Johnson from office.
fact discovered was that Booth never had a plot to shoot Lincoln until the
day of the assassination. This new
evidence proved that, neither Mary Surratt nor Confederate President
Jefferson Davis, could have known about the assassination. Jefferson Davis had been held a prisoner
of the War Department for two years, and had to be released. Unfortunately, this evidence was too late
to benefit Mary Surratt, she had already been executed. By 1869, all surviving prisoners
convicted of helping with the terrorist attack on the U.S. Government had
been pardoned by the President, and the mystery of who was behind the conspiracy was sheepishly dropped. There was no one left to accuse but
Stanton and Lincoln's radical rivals in Washington. The entire Confederate administration had
already been captured, investigated and also released.
newly discovered during the congressional investigation, was that Booth
left two confessions naming his accomplices. The first confession was a letter Booth
intended to be made public the day after his attack, but it was secretly
destroyed by his close friend and fellow actor, John Matthews. When
Congress reviewed the second confession in Booth's diary, where he was
again about to state the reason for their
proceedings, and naming his assassination accomplices, the text stopped in
mid-sentence followed by two blank pages.
One hundred twelve years would pass before the FBI forensic
department examined the diary. The
FBI determined that the entries Booth recorded during his escape, including
the two blank pages had been removed from its original location in the
book, then laminated back into the book on stubs left from cut out
pages. (Again, Stanton signature
these slow developing, but steady new discoveries, old-schools historians
still aggressively attack any suggestion that Lincoln's assassination was
the result of an inside job to gain a political advantage over
suppressed history is housed in the National Archives, which has also been
edited and published by history author's William Edwards & Edward
Steers Jr., "The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence". It is not necessary to be a history
scholar to carefully examine these files, and recognize that the entire
investigation into Lincoln's demise has been evaluated without considering
an immense volume of censored information.
Any interested, capable person can now review (previously
suppressed) documents about the assassination and see the political plot to
dominate an unequal advantage over both the Executive and Legislative branches
of the United States government.
Assassination is but one of many method domestic enemies have used
to possess the congressional majority vote, of a government Lincoln
defended as, or of the people, by the people, for the people.
poll tax, ballot box stuffing, are just a few more deceitful methods
that have been used to illegally win the majority vote.)
President knew his political rivals well, and the issue Lincoln argued to
them was how he should equalize voting rights for every state, old and
new. Until Lincoln's last day in
office he plead to the Union slave states representatives for a majority
vote to make slavery illegal throughout the United States. The President did not need a
Constitutional Amendment to make slavery illegal anywhere he chose in the
Confederate states, and he did so on January 1, 1863, proclaiming slavery
abolished in any region of the "one common country" not under the control
of the national authority. Slavery
would remain legal only in a state or region protected by the U. S.
rivals, within his own party argued to the President that Congress should
have the power to abolish slavery by statute, over the state
legislators. The Radical
Republican's feared if the Civil War ended with only a military victory
before slavery was made illegal throughout the entire United States, it
would do nothing to abolish the unequal voting advantage the Constitution,
Article IV, Section, 2 part (3) provided to any state with a large African-American
population (Slave Power). His rivals
realized the war must not end until slavery was completely abolished, and
former slave men had the liberty to vote.
Lincoln's last public address he answered Salmon Chase's argument against
him about restructuring all southern state governments under one single
plan saying, "... no inflexible plan
can be prescribed... it would surely become a new entanglement. Important
principles may and must be inflexible".
The former attorney Abraham Lincoln understood that reconstruction
by congressional statute, rather than restoring the Constitution would
establish a legal precedent giving any state a legal right to secede from
the Union. Lincoln was going to
return the seceded states back into the Union with equal Constitutional
rights and privileges, and total emancipation would be agreed upon by the
states, with a three quarters majority vote on a Constitutional amendment,
as stated in Article V.
April 14, 1865, slavery was not yet constitutionally illegal in every
state, but as John Campbell told Lincoln in Richmond, on April 5, "the war
is over, and slavery is defunct".
The simple truth is, the issue over emancipation had been (in all
practical respects) settled without endangering the future of the
Constitution. Removing Lincoln from
office at the point of total defeat for the Confederacy, would be at best
pointless political suicide for the Southern state governments.
the other hand, passing the 13th Amendment without mandating
voting rights for the newly Freedmen living in the former slave states,
would only increase the voting power of the reunited Southern state
representatives, if they were allowed to return, as Lincoln intended.
Emancipation, without African-American suffrage would increase congressional
representation favoring the agricultural Democrats by 1.6 million more
people. Had Lincoln lived to
implement his second term agenda the Andrew Johnson Democrats, would have
won a big political victory.
Lincoln's Washington rivals were left with only one of two choices;
keep Lincoln and lose, or lose Lincoln and win.
Washington rivals won.
more about killing Lincoln, and how it was covered-up is revealed in a
series of articles posted on this website, ReasonLincoln.com.
Each article is thoroughly sourced from easily accessible,
creditable public information, and can be verified by anyone using a
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