The Reason Lincoln Had to Die
by Don Thomas

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by Don Thomas

When 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.

After 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 assassination.

Years 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.)

After 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.

Congress 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.

Another 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.

Also, 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 trademark.) 

Despite 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 congressional votes.

This 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.

(Gerrymandering, poll tax, ballot box stuffing, are just a few more deceitful methods that have been used to illegally win the majority vote.)

The 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. Constitution. 

Lincoln'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.

During 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.

By 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.

On 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.

Lincoln's Washington rivals won.

Much 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 personal computer.

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