Treason. Trump Condoned Russia Putting Bounties on the Heads of American Soldiers.

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Treason is a serious accusation. Donald Trump throws it around like a Frisbee, accusing Barack Obama of treason for no good and defensible reason. And we all know that when Trump accuses someone of something, it’s almost certainly because he’s guilty of it himself. It’s called projection. Usually, I respond to his kind of projection by posting the relevant “I know you are, but what am I?” clip from Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure, but I’m not going to do that tonight. This isn’t the time for that.

You can do one of two things to earn a conviction for treason, according to the Constitution. One is to “levy war” against the United States. The other is to give “aid and comfort” to an enemy of the United States while they are making war against us.

Trump has broken the second protocol.

The short version of Trump’s actual treason against the United States: Starting in 2019, a Russian intelligence unit offered, and paid out, bounties to members of Afghan militias who killed American soldiers. US intelligence agencies have known of this since at least March 2020. Trump was specifically briefed on the actions, and has chosen to do nothing in response. Nothing. According to the New York Times:

Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the [anonymous White House] officials said.

The Times went on to write:

Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia’s so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations.

Yet Trump did nothing whatsoever to respond to the Russian offensive against US soldiers.

Nothing.

He has not revealed it to the American public (did he think we would never learn about it?). And, less than three weeks ago, Trump threatened to upend the G7 economic summit unless Russia, and particularly Vladimir Putin, was invited.

Not only has he kept quiet about it, and done nothing to retaliate against Putin and Russia, he continues to promote Russian interests — Putin’s interests — above our own.

The actual New York Times article is here, but if you can’t get through the paywall, you can read a shortened version of the story here. You can read what appears to be a well-summarized version here.

According to Times reporter Michael Schwirtz, the same Russian intelligence unit is responsible for the attempted poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Britain, and an attempted coup against the lawful government of Montenegro.

The response, as you can imagine, has been fierce. Politico reporter Eric Geller wants to know why Trump isn’t stopping Russia from actively working to have US soldiers killed. Good question.

Former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine (D-Not a Traitor) sums it up:

The Palmer Report predicts flatly that Trump will go to prison for this:

Another user calls it treason, and this user is correct:

Former Ambassador Michael McFaul notes that the one constant in Trump’s chaotic foreign policy is a consistent fawning over Putin:

Obviously the House cannot move to impeach Trump until this story is confirmed and these anonymous sources fight their way out of the Trump death swamp and actually testify before the House Intelligence Committee. And, frankly, why should the House impeach him again? There’s no reason to believe that this impeachment vote will go any differently than the last one. 52 of 53 GOP senators ignored all of the evidence and voted to acquit on both sets of charges filed against Trump. One, Mitt Romney, voted to convict on one of the two charges. Looked at by charges, the GOP majority voted 105-1 to acquit Trump of heinous charges of malfeasance, election fraud, and obstruction of justice. They will almost certainly do it again. Why? Because they support him in every single horrendous, evil, criminal, murderous, and treasonous act he does.

Hollywood showrunner Mikko Alanne agrees:

Even if Russia is plainly engaged in an undeclared war against the United States:

As intelligence analyst Eric Garland writes in the above Twitter thread:

This news makes it hard to imagine how Trump isn’t simply a traitor.

Traitors go to prison for the rest of their lives. Or they can be executed.

There is no doubt in my mind that Trump has committed treason against the United States. No doubt. I realize that nothing the Democrats can do will shake him uot of office, as should happen — the Republicans wouldn’t convict Trump no matter what heinous act he pulled off. So, the only thing that remains is to have a federal prosecution ready to go the moment an honest Attorney General takes the reins in January 2021.

This isn’t something that should happen. It’s something that has to happen. Otherwise there is no rule of law anymore.

 

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4 Comments on "Treason. Trump Condoned Russia Putting Bounties on the Heads of American Soldiers."

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Dave McGrew
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Dave McGrew

This tears it. As far as I am concerned if someone says they’re a Republican, it’s the equivalent of saying “I’m a traitor.”

Sandy
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Sandy

That’s how I see it. Not only traitor, racist can be added to Trump and his supporters resume.Along with incompetence, ignorance. We all know that’s an incomplete list. Much much more. Needs to end soon. I’ve just had it.

SteveP
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SteveP

Why doesn’t the orangutan baby do anything when it involves Russia?

Simple, he owes millions of dollars to the oligarchs who are friends of Putin making him an economic prisoner, and Putin has something damaging on him, possibly treasonous, and has threatened to release the information. Either one, Putin will dump him as soon as he’s not elected.

J.M
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PRISON!