For John, BLUF: I think Senator Rand Paul has had enough of this "Treason Talk". Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Wikipedia we have a discussion of Treason in the United States, and in some of the states, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
FederalAnd at a more local level:
Definition: In Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, treason is specifically limited to levying war against the US, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. Conviction requires two witnesses or a confession in open court.
Penalty: U.S. Code Title 18: Death, or not less than 5 years imprisonment and not more than life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (minimum fine of $10,000, if not sentenced to death).
MassachusettsNew York apparently has no Treason law.
Penalty: Life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving not less than 15 years and not more than 25 years.
So, the question is, does anyone crying "Treason" against President Trump:
- Understand what Treason is?
- Understand what a serious accusation it is?
- Know the difference between Treason and a policy difference?
- Know the difference between Treason and ignorance or incompetence?
- Understand that if there is Treason—real Treason—the officer holder needs to be removed immediately?
- Understand that those who know of acts of Treason and have not immediately gone public are guilty of Treason? (This would apply to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.)
- Understand that hurling accusations of Treason are just helping Russian President Vladimir Putin sew discontent within the United States?
- Understand that if they are just being hyperbolic it will come back to bite them? (Probably in November.)
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff