If, in 2013, reports surfaced that members of President Obama’s re-election campaign had met, in 2012, with Russian officials to get “dirt” on Mitt Romney OR President Obama cut Vladimir Putin “slack” for human rights abuses, many Republicans would have demanded President Obama resign or be impeached.
Critically, the GOP would have declared President Obama—who obtained office by legal means—to have committed treason.
In early July, I wrote that Trump committed treason to obtain the Oval Office. Today more people, even some in the mainstream media (“MSM”), realize DT, and members of his campaign, committed treason in the 2016 election to obtain office. Treason, some say, is the only crime defined by the Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort...” Art. III, sec. 3.
“Treason” can be committed without declared war. The “or” between the two clauses in Art. III, sec. 3 is used “to connect alternative terms.” Declared war is not a prerequisite and one may commit “treason” “in adhering” to U.S. “Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” As I wrote in July, “war,” in the modern era, is passe. The U.S. has declared “war” only five (5) times. Our last war, World War II, ended in September, 1945. We have gone longer without a declared war than any time in our history. Few would argue seriously treason only could have been committed during the slightly more than 11 years during which we have been at war.
A foreign power in a state of open hostility with the U.S., in the context of treason, is an “enemy.” Stephan v. U.S., 133 F.2d 87, 94 (6th Cir. 1943). An “enemy” means “any country, government, group, or person that has been engaged in hostilities, whether or not lawfully authorized, with” the U.S.” 50 U.S.C. sec. 2204(2). Among other acts of hostility toward the U.S., Russia provides weapons to Taliban forces that face United States military personnel. “U.S. Military Officials Say Russia Is Arming Taliban Forces,” The Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2017.
Russia also invaded us through cyber means in the lead-up to the 2016 elections.
DT, et al, committed treason to obtain the Oval Office. The dictator Putin openly demeans our election system and Putin’s darling, Trump.
I only can hope that those who see this administration as illegitimate because treason was committed in hijacking the 2016 elections also will see, as soon as possible. That the Federal courts have the jurisdiction, in equity, to declare void the results of an election for President in which the margin of victory was obtained by illegal means—treason. Donohue v Bd of Elections, 435 F.Supp. 957, 967 (E.D.N.Y. 1976).