Trump’s primary rival just accused him of treasonPosted by Catherine Reed / September 24, 2019
Bill Weld, a Republican Party primary challenger, accused Donald Trump of treason for urging Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 elections.
“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election,” Weld said, “It couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty. “he penalty under the Constitution is removal from office, and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he could work out a plea deal.”
But, as legal experts pointed out, Trump certainly did not commit treason––at least according to the definition of treason. For it to be treason, America would have to be at war with the Ukraine/Russia, which it isn’t. Trump would also have had to actually directly and actively participate in an armed conflict. Experts warn against using hyperbolic language, which will simply muddy the waters if impeachment goes forward, which it might. Several news publications have called for Trump’s impeachment again, including The Talking Points Memo and The Washington Post. Senator Elizabeth Warren reiterated her own calls, calling Congress complicit.