I really would rather not be posting about political issues here, but these are indeed extraordinary days we’re living.
To begin, consider this definition and this oath:
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.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
A U.S. President vows to faithfully, i.e., truthfully, defend the Constitution. The Constitution defines treason as giving aid to enemies of the United States. Such aid would include helping those enemies escape punishment for their attacks on our sovereignty.
So, here’s a thought experiment for today, 16 July 2018:
Imagine it is 1941, and we don’t know who bombed Pearl Harbor. We suspect it was Japan but we don’t know for sure, and an investigation begins.
For the next 14 months during which we pursue no one for this attack, our intelligence agencies provide mounting evidence that it was indeed Japan behind the attack. The entire time, President Roosevelt tries to deflect attention away from Japan and he in fact wages a propaganda campaign against our own agencies in an attempt to derail and discredit the investigation.
Finally, in 1943, there is a press release from the investigation confirming, unequivocally, that it was indeed Japan who attacked us at Pearl Harbor. Two days after that announcement, Roosevelt is in Singapore meeting with Emperor Hirohito. During a press conference related to this summit, Roosevelt publicly denounces the work of the US investigators and expresses his support for Hirohito’s explanation that Japan played no part in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The clarity of the events and, of course, the death toll are vastly different between the respective attacks on U.S. sovereignty in 1941 by Japan and in 2016 by Russia. But if you would have considered my fictional FDR above to have committed treason then, applying the same criteria, DJT just committed treason against the United States today.