View Single Post
Old 12th Jan 2019, 22:41
  #17110 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Denver
Posts: 961
Oh, I think both parties have learned the lesson of the Clinton Impeachment - when it was all over, it was GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich who was gone. Not Clinton.

But every Party will have its hotheads, especially in the House. And especially the "new kids" who haven't yet learned the ropes - of which there are quite a few this time around (new kids, not ropes).

"Treason" in the U.S. has a very strict definition: "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."

It really takes "tinfoil-hat-ism" on the level of the John Birch Society to apply "treason" to a President (or almost anyone else), given the wide powers for diplomacy and setting other policy, and absent a declared "War" or "Enemy". Lonewolf_50 has a legitimate gripe, but at worst it would come out as "dereliction of duty" or "violations of the Oath of Office" or some such. Even violating the Constitution is not, in itself, grounds for a charge of treason - tain't levying War or "adhering to enemies". It may well be an impeachable "High Crime or Misdemeanor."
pattern_is_full is offline