It’s time to investigate Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell for treason.
“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”
These are serious charges and I do not make them lightly. What basis do I have for recommending such an investigation?
- The CIA believes that Russia interfered with the US election in order to help Donald Trump win the presidency. They base this on, among other things, the finding that Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC and RNC emails, leaking only one set. One must wonder what’s in the other set and how is Russia using those emails for leverage? (It’s also worth noting that the only new revelation here is that the CIA determined Russia was trying to help Trump and that McConnell knew- the rest we knew– and the media and half the country shrugged)
- Donald Trump at one pointed invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, knowing that they were already engaged in hacking activity.
- Mitch McConnell having been briefed on the CIA findings, refused to release information about Russian threatening to claim it was partisan if the White House released the report. This means that McConnell knew that a Trump presidency was what Russia wanted and decided that his party’s interests aligned with Russia more than with the sovereignty of the United States. He put party- and thus Russian interests, over country.
- Donald Trump, upon hearing reports of the CIA finding, lashed out at the intelligence community while simultaneously selecting a Secretary of State with close ties to the Russian government.
- Trump’s platform and policies align neatly with Russian interests.
- Trump’s considerable business entanglements with Russia (including unknown amount of his debt owed to Russia) raise concerns about where his loyalties truly lie
This goes beyond the appearance of wrong doing. Russia has tried to interfere with our elections and was allowed to do so by the Trump campaign and Mitch McConnell.
This must be investigated. And if an impartial investigation determines that Trump and McConnell willfully misled the public and knowingly accepted help from Russia, they need to be charged.
Their behavior in the end may not rise to the level of treason, but it is clear that neither of them are fit to hold public office. Their allegiance to party and power trumped their allegiance to their country.