Politico: Trump helps us understand what constitutes treason

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Trump flatly rejected the Times’ Saturday story, calling it “a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.”


“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” US Constitution, Article II, Section 3.

According to 50 USCS § 2204 [Title 50. War and National Defense; Chapter 39. Spoils of War], enemy of the United States means any country, government, group, or person that has been engaged in hostilities, whether or not lawfully authorized, with the United States.

Now the United States is not formally at war with any other country, but the Mueller report makes clear that Russia was (and probably is) engaged in hostilities against the United States. If anyone can be accused of giving aid and comfort to Russia it’s the whiner-in-chief. Even if spilling secrets to the Russian ambassador was simply gross incompetence, his denial of the undeniable Russian meddling in our elections and concerted efforts to curtail prevention of future meddling is nothing less than providing aid and comfort. Come to think of it, we can include congressional Republicans, starting with McConnell, in that treason.


 

Trump slams NYT report on U.S. cyber attacks against Russia

President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times on Saturday for a report that the United States has been increasing its cyber intrusions into Russia, escalating tensions between the two countries. The Times reported that the United States has increased measures to penetrate Russia’s power grid as a message to Moscow to stay out of American cyber infrastructure.