Trump calls coup attempt "Treason"

I'm not sure he's right. Here's what the Constitution says:

US ConstitutionTreason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

What they did is probably not "levying war". "Adhering to their Enemies" is a bit trickier. Steele is British; is he an enemy? Steele's alleged sources were Russian; they are definitely Enemy-ish. Ukraine was involved too, and Australia. Aid and Comfort, sure, that's easy enough. Does Hillary Clinton count as an "Enemy" if she is trying to overturn the government, or is that more of a nation-state designation?

It might be easier to pin some kind of rebellion or insurrection charge, or just nail them all for wiretapping and abuse of civil rights under color of law.

Under common English, however, treason would be an appropriate charge for trying to overthrow the government illegally.

This entry was published Tue May 28 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-05-28 06:47:18.0. [Tweet]

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