Opinion

President Trump’s attitude smacks of treason

To the editor:

In a President Trump interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Mr. Stephanopoulos asks Trump why the president would want a foreign entity to meddle in the upcoming election and this was Trump’s answer: “Somebody comes up and says, ‘Hey, I have information on your opponent.’ Do you call the FBI?” Trump stated. “I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office. You do whatever you do.”

U.S. Constitution Article III, Section 3 states: “Treason 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.”  

In my opinion, Trump has committed treason in stating that he would welcome “dirt” on his political opponents and would not report it to the responsible U.S. espionage agencies (FBI, CIA, etc.) if he so decided. This is aiding and abetting our foreign enemies, any of whom would be very willing to provide such information, true or not, to Trump.

We already went through this: the Mueller Investigation, and here he is, again, in a public statement saying that he would again be very willing of foreign entities (Russian, Chinese) providing “oppo” info and “dirt” on his opponents.

It is also my opinion that Republican citizens supporting and covering up for Trump and justifying this treasonous behavior are also guilty of treasonous behavior themselves.

What does this say of our sitting president and an official political party (Republican) supporting and justifying this treasonous behavior, and who publicly state that they support foreign entities, many of them our enemies, providing opposition intelligence to them and they willingly accepting and not declaring it to our intelligence agencies? It says treason!

Many Americans have fought in foreign wars. Many are buried in our cemeteries. And many must be turning in their graves today upon hearing that a sitting president and a Republican Party warmly welcome foreign adversaries to meddle in our elections.

James P. Chasse
St. Agatha

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