Elizabeth Warren asked Obama to exonerate Cold War Spy before Trump got in


You might remember this story from back in 2017 before Trump officially took up residence in the White House. There was four Massachusetts Democrats asking former President Obama to exonerate an executed Cold War Spy named Ethel Rosenberg and Elizabeth Warren was one of them.

Despite Rosenberg being executed back in 1953, her two sons Michael and Robert Meeropol wanted a presidential exoneration for her, to clear her name, because they supposedly had new evidence that she was framed back then, in hopes for the authorities to get to her husband at the time.

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According to MassLive:

Robert and Michael Meeropol, two men with local ties, seek a presidential exoneration for their mother, who they say was framed by prosecutors in order to convict her husband, Julius Rosenberg, during the McCarthy era.

Grand jury testimony unsealed in 2015 backs their argument, the two men say. Some 60,000 have signed petitions asking Obama to act, according to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which has organized support for the campaign.

"Evidence that has surfaced since Ethel Rosenberg's conviction and execution raises doubt that she received a fair trial," wrote Markey to Obama on Jan. 10.

Elizabeth Warren supported this. Both her and Ed Markey wrote a letter to then President Barack Obama asking for the exoneration and this was right around the time before Trump was to be sworn into office.

It's unclear why they didn't ask Obama for the exoneration during an earlier part of the eight years he was in office, but perhaps they didn't have any information or evidence to state their case.

It also remains unclear if Warren had looked at any further evidence to support the case that Ethel wasn't a spy, but was framed. Regardless, she wrote to Obama asking for the exoneration.

"Evidence that has surfaced since Ethel Rosenberg's conviction and execution raises doubt that she received a fair trial," wrote Markey to Obama on Jan. 10.

Warren on Jan. 13 asked that the president "provide a thorough review of (the Meeropol family's) request that you issue a proclamation exonerating their mother, Ethel Rosenberg."

To this day, Ethel Rosenberg has not received an exoneration and it's unclear if she was really framed or if her sons simply wanted her name cleared, but without evidence.

If there's no evidence to support her being framed, and Elizabeth Warren supported it anyway, then that does not look good for Warren who already has an issue with trust.

The government probably will not provide a 1/1024 exoneration.


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