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Reich writes: "The intelligence agencies are doing their job. If they have credible evidence that Trump or his assistants colluded with Russian agents to tilt the election his way, they have an obligation to investigate. And if they conclude it's true, that's treason."

Robert Reich. (photo: Toronto Star)
Robert Reich. (photo: Toronto Star)


Witch Hunt? Nazi Germany? Hello?

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

11 January 17

 

rump’s response to alleged evidence Russian operatives had “compromising” information on him, and that his campaign had been in touch with Russia over intervening in the election on his behalf? Last night, he tweeted, in capital letters: “Fake news – a total political witch hunt!” And then this morning: “The intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ to the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” And then: “I win an election easily, a great ‘movement’ is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with fake news. A sorry state!”

Witch hunt? Nazi Germany? Hello?

The intelligence agencies are doing their job. If they have credible evidence that Trump or his assistants colluded with Russian agents to tilt the election his way, they have an obligation to investigate. And if they conclude it’s true, that’s treason.

Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution. Article I Section 3 defines it as levying war against the United States, or "adhering" or "giving aid and comfort" to enemies of the United States. Plotting with a foreign dictatorship that has nuclear warheads pointing at the United States to throw our election, or failing to notify authorities if Trump or his associates knew of such efforts, presumably would qualify.

The penalty? Under statutory law (18 United States Code 2381), someone found guilty of treason “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.”

9 days left until Trump is sworn in. The intelligence community must continue their investigations unimpeded.

What do you think?


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+35 # PeacefulGarden 2017-01-11 13:39
It is time to leave this country. But where to? What do you think?
 
 
+17 # lsd 2017-01-11 14:25
Quoting PeacefulGarden:
It is time to leave this country. But where to? What do you think?

Thought everybody was supposed to go to Canada?
 
 
+22 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-01-11 19:55
Welcome!
 
 
+5 # Adoregon 2017-01-11 23:16
How I love Canada, Canadians, and especially B.C

However, I do not think bailing on the United States of Fraud is the best action to take.
My thoughts?

*If the intelligence agencies are doing their job, what is their job? who sets the agenda? why does it take so many agencies to gather "intelligence," and why is so much of what intelligence agencies do, shrouded in secrecy? who benefits from the secrecy?

*Considering timely actions beneficial to Trump's election, who was James B. Comey likely to have colluded with? RE: the impact of FBI Director James Comey’s October 28 letter to the House Judiciary Committee announcing the discovery new emails that appeared pertinent to their closed investigation of Clinton and his subsequent letter on November 6 that absolved Clinton (after millions of votes had already been cast early).
* If Trump or any member of his campaign colluded with the Russians/Putin, Trump is screwed.
*If Comey colluded with anyone regarding the timing and content of his letter, he is screwed. His letter unequivocally torpedoed Clinton's election.
Talk about throwing an election!
 
 
+77 # thekidde 2017-01-11 18:36
Hmmmm, cut and run. Sounds more like a Trumpster than a good American. I think I'll stay and fight him at every turn.
 
 
+6 # RLF 2017-01-12 07:52
Good luck! Elections are locked up. Protests are ignored. No one bothers to boycott. Seems like the republicans have access to change pretty well locked up...so once again...good luck!
 
 
-3 # chapdrum 2017-01-12 12:33
The smart money is on rlf vs. thekidde.
 
 
+13 # warrior woman 2017-01-12 06:13
The inauguration must be put on hold while these potential crimes are investigated. Call your senators and rep.
 
 
+2 # Vardoz 2017-01-12 12:07
It's a hard call. We go to Costa Rica a lot. It's a Democratic nation but there are some logistics to figure out. Many Americans live down there. They have state of the art medical care and it's a short trip to Miami. The Central Valley has a climate of eternal spring. Pura Vida
 
 
+126 # DongiC 2017-01-11 15:01
What do I think? The intelligence agencies, at least CIA, NSA, DIA, NIA, FBI, should enter the scene and thoroughly investigate Trump's background. The agencies exist to safequard the American people. Time to do their job and protect us all in these increasingly dangerous times. I don't care how much DJTrump tweets or proclaims his innocence. There are just too many suspicions hovering around him.
 
 
+27 # AshamedAmerican 2017-01-11 20:27
Perhaps "the agencies [are SUPPOSED to]exist to safequard the American people". But they have proven throughout their histories that their common primary agenda is to protect the systemically corrupt power structure that keeps the 1% in power. The changing accusations used to attempt to incriminate Trump should be investigated, if there is an honest agency available to do so. But if there is, it should have entered "the scene" to investigate his predecessors long ago. And it should have entered the scene to investigate the publicly exposed corruption of his opposition candidate and her party leadership before there were any such accusations against Trump. To "enter the scene" now to investigate Trump for accusations of playing a part in that exposure would seem rather suspicious. To investigate alleged corruption without first investigating what was previously proven to be corruption would be very strong evidence of bias and corruption on the part of the decision-makers of the investigating entity.
 
 
+5 # Kiwikid 2017-01-11 23:38
Particulary when they line up with statements we have all heard him make about 'grabbing pussy, and when you're famous being allowed to do it as they just let you'
 
 
+14 # RLF 2017-01-12 07:54
Its clear that the FBI/Comey had these documents well before the election and refused to say anything although he had no such compunctions about Weiner's computer emails!
 
 
+6 # HowardMH 2017-01-12 10:53
Yes, impeaching him and putting him in jail for treason is going to be so much fun.
 
 
+3 # Chicago Stan 2017-01-13 15:13
Quoting HowardMH:
Yes, impeaching him and putting him in jail for treason is going to be so much fun.
... which would leave u with Pence who is far more dangerous because he is competent and knows exactly what he is doing.
 
 
-34 # rivervalley 2017-01-11 15:03
There have been lots and lots of accusations by the US intelligence services; but like the WMD's of Iraq, there is NO proof. There have been, however, reports from Assage and from several retired or former CIA investigators that the story is a red herring.
 
 
+52 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2017-01-11 18:50
What will constitute a level of proof that will satisfy you?

You Putin apologists point to WMDs as proof that anything the CIA says forevermore will be a lie, however, if i remember correctly, the CIA didn't lie, the Bush Admin cherry-picked the data. Remember when the hacker group Anonymous named the wrong cop as Michael Brown's killer?
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/anonymous-got-wrong-ferguson

Why is Assange automatically bestowed the mantle of infallibility?
 
 
+62 # jwatersphd 2017-01-11 19:40
Amazingly, you are correct - there was plenty of evidence against the WMD idea, and the Bush administration ignored most of it or questioned the patriotism of those who did point it out. Remember "Freedom Fries" instead of "French Fries"? Eventually it got to the point where WMD was ridiculed even by W. Colin Powell had his reputation tarnished by trying to hype it. This "urban legend" has been gradually developing over the past few years that somehow W and company are not culpable for the Iraq invasion blunder because "everyone else believed it, too." Not to mention Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11...
 
 
+7 # Kiwikid 2017-01-11 23:44
If he will lie about his sexual exploits, why should we trust him with anything else?
 
 
+3 # savagem13 2017-01-13 05:37
Quoting Kiwikid:
If he will lie about his sexual exploits, why should we trust him with anything else?



EXACTLY what I've been saying about Bill Clinton since all of his shite hit the fan!
 
 
+16 # bobhintz 2017-01-12 10:26
Quoting jwatersphd:
Amazingly, you are correct - there was plenty of evidence against the WMD idea, and the Bush administration ignored most of it or questioned the patriotism of those who did point it out.


Speaking of that, let's not forget Valerie Plame, the CIA agent who was outed for the transgressions of her husband Joe Wilson.

No, the WMD fiasco was hardly the fault of the intelligence community; it was more accurately in spite of them.
 
 
+18 # acomfort 2017-01-11 20:21
Reductio,
"the CIA didn't lie,"

Then, what did the CIA chief mean when he said "it is a slam dunk"??
 
 
+12 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2017-01-11 22:03
acomfort, so are you saying the CIA lied or was incompetent? Or was the CIA so arrogant that it wouldn't listen to Hans Blix? I say some of all of the above, but does that mean that nothing the CIA says will ever be true again? That was 14 years ago.

According to Bob Woodward, some of the Bush's top advisers thought Blix was a liar. Oh how ironic that the Bush-team liars thought Blix was a liar. And now we have the compulsive Liar in Chief calling everyone a liar — when HE'S the biggest liar of them all.

According to Woodward, Bush was skeptical about selling the war with the meager "proof" Tenet had given him, and that's when Tenet said it was a slam dunk. Was Tenet a liar or a tool, or both? Of course, many journalists question Bob Woodward's judgment on quite a few things lately, and the Bush Admin had their war plan momentum rolling, and they weren't looking for a reason to pull the trigger, they were looking for an excuse because it was already a fait accompli.
 
 
-4 # Kiwikid 2017-01-11 23:46
fake news - Tenet never said it. "It's a slam dunk' was attributed to him.
 
 
+5 # mashiguo 2017-01-12 06:48
Tenet received a presidential medal of freedom from bush for his service.

That pretty much indicts both of them, fraudulent exercise of the war itself and the entire structure which would award such dishonesty and incompetence.

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63623-2004Dec14.html
 
 
-6 # janla 2017-01-11 19:11
Quoting rivervalley:
There have been lots and lots of accusations by the US intelligence services; but like the WMD's of Iraq, there is NO proof. There have been, however, reports from Assage and from several retired or former CIA investigators that the story is a red herring.

How believable is Assange?
 
 
+33 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-01-11 20:01
More believable than Trump, anyway.
 
 
+7 # desertprogressive 2017-01-11 21:16
More believable than the "intelligence" agencies - propaganda machine.
 
 
-7 # Tigre1 2017-01-12 00:27
Wake up. YOU still think that there were NO WMD. Wait!!! what were those tons and tons of poison gas that Asshead surrendered
when Obama stared him down?Some folks call that stuff "WMD"...don't they?

And it was moved from Iraq about the time the US moved in. And I bet there was OTHER material involved, too, but like a pimple, sometimes it stays hidden, and sometimes it pops out somewhere else. Keep your eyes peeled, and don't have such short memories next time. This ain't a game, you know.
 
 
+3 # jimallyn 2017-01-12 01:32
Quoting janla:

How believable is Assange?

I don't think that wikileaks has ever had to retract anything, nor has anything they posted ever been proven wrong. So, based on what I know at this moment, I would say that Julian Assange is very believable.
 
 
0 # kalpal 2017-01-12 07:04
Assange is all about Assange these days. He can't afford to leave the embassy because he might be sent to prison for rape. The excuse that he will be immediately sent to the USA is no longer valid because Trump adores him for helping to win the campaign.
 
 
-8 # Tigre1 2017-01-12 00:23
It seems to me that the poison gas bombs etc that Asshead surrendered when Obama threatened him certainly qualify as WMD...isn't Syria near enough to Iraq that they...and other material, could have been trucked over to hide?
Look, I'm more liberal here, on shore, than you...and maybe more hard-bitten than you in overseas situations.

Any chance of us agreeing on anything?
 
 
+74 # Emmanuel Goldstein 2017-01-11 19:02
What do I think?
1. It doesn't matter what Donald Trump says -- he has lied so many times, in public, he has ZERO credibility.
2. His insinuation that our intelligence agencies are acting like Nazis betrays his stupidity. It's just not smart to make enemies of the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. They have considerable power, which he may discover sooner rather than later!
 
 
+17 # Robbee 2017-01-11 20:10
Quoting Emmanuel Goldstein:
What do I think?
1. It doesn't matter what Donald Trump says -- he has lied so many times, in public, he has ZERO credibility.

- today herr orange complained of "fake news!" - robbee's lovin' it! - keep it up!
 
 
+6 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-12 02:01
Quoting Emmanuel Goldstein:
What do I think?
1. It doesn't matter what Donald Trump says -- he has lied so many times, in public, he has ZERO credibility.
2. His insinuation that our intelligence agencies are acting like Nazis betrays his stupidity. It's just not smart to make enemies of the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. They have considerable power, which he may discover sooner rather than later!

YES, but the fact that the FBI et al have just given Comey a pass when we know he violated the Hatch Act doesn't exactly paint them with a halo either.
 
 
0 # Skeeziks 2017-01-14 08:29
Ever notice that Trump is attacked with a comparison to a dangerous thought or action, that he just calls that person or newspaper or whatever, the same thing?

What is scary is that there are millions who didn't see that any of his tactics are untrue.
 
 
+67 # mytwocents 2017-01-11 19:16
Everything that comes out of DT's mouth is hype or fake. Intelligence must be left to do its job.
 
 
+37 # m... 2017-01-11 19:22
The continuing-devo lving levels of the Trump Absurdity continues to astound-- and that's saying something considering how far we've all come (been dragged downward) with Trump over the past year.
At this astounding point in time, all I can remind everyone of is how just a few months ago, Trump was seething and ranting about how Clinton should have never even 'been allowed' to run for President while 'under suspicion' of committing far less serious offenses than the kind of suspicions surrounding Trump now.
Is it only me, or does Trump seem to literally be standing with Putin and Russia as he denounces OUR Intelligence Agencies for doing their job..?
WTF..??
And, ALL of this is happening as the Inauguration is just mere days away and ticking down as if its inevitability is driven by divine law; even in the light of such national-trauma tizing accusations surrounding the President-elect who will soon be in charge of the apparatus investigating him if the Inauguration is allowed to proceed...
Someone please tell me--- How can a Presidential Inauguration be allowed to simply proceed when the President-elect himself is under such a cloud of suspicion brought to light and still under such a broad investigation by our entire National Security Apparatus?
I haven't used this word in decades-- but I'm Flabbergasted.. !
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2017-01-11 23:42
Quoting m...:
just a few months ago, Trump was seething and ranting about how Clinton should have never even 'been allowed' to run for President while 'under suspicion' of committing far less serious offenses than the kind of suspicions surrounding Trump now.
Is it only me, or does Trump seem to literally be standing with Putin and Russia as he denounces OUR Intelligence Agencies for doing their job..?
WTF..?? ...
I'm Flabbergasted..!

- the best defense is a good offense - you may have noticed - as robbee did - a pattern correlation between rump being suspected of something - on one hand - and rump promptly accusing hill of that same something

we even had morons here on rsn say we must mistrust hill - to do nothing for women! - or choice! - not to reverse "citizens united!" - to pick "corporatist" scotus! - absurd nonsense! - but only when you think about it!

rump has led a charmed life! - especially here on rsn! - among self-styled "progressives" - who now see their monster come home to roost as prez

self-styled "progressives" have given rsn a bad name!
 
 
+7 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-12 02:05
And why has no one yelled and screamed about Trump's astounding claim that putting his private company interests under his sons' aegis absolves him of controlling those interests. Is anyone to believe table conversation at Thanksgiving or Christmas keeps such business interests from being discussed? And who exactly will be checking???
 
 
-1 # Jaax88 2017-01-13 00:32
Trump's son-in-law will be in the WH along side trump. No one is say Kushner will not talk to his brothers-in-law .
 
 
+19 # Ann German 2017-01-11 19:32
I am making a donation tonight (I already have a recurring donation set up) but wanted to add something extra because:
a) I appreciate your new monitoring which will make it easier to read the comments without having to resort to swearing; b) I understand how difficult it is to keep asking for money and c) I know it will be harder to get donations because we in the progressive community are sending ALL of our money to organizations such as the ACLU to engage in legal battles to stop pussygrabber and his crew.
 
 
+13 # wsjacoby@hotmail.com 2017-01-11 19:42
Since the CIA was formed and given the power to conduct covert actions, it has provided cover for a multitude of deeds that go counter to our national security but do support the interests of the clients of the law firm once run by Allen Dulles and his brother, John Foster. Sometimes directly, and sometimes off-the-books through assets that continued their covert foreign policy after being fired from the agency during the Carter administration, they financed nightmarish activities by selling cocaine and heroin into this country. Check out the research of Prof. Alfred McCoy, Michael Ruppert, and Gary Webb. How is that in the national interest? The CIA was involved in the Kennedy assassination, and its involvement was covered up by Allen Dulles on the Warren Commission. Check out James Douglass, "JFK and the Unthinkable", Jim Talbot, "Devil's Chessboard" and many other sources. How is that not treason? One thing the CIA has specialized in since its inception is domestic propaganda, contrary to its founding charter, (See Prof. Christopher Simpson, "Blowback")to spread anti-communist and anti Russian fearmongering concocted by intelligence and propaganda resources it brought over from Nazi Germany. How is that patriotic? This week, Sen. Shumer warned Trump on national television that he'd best not cross the intelligence "community", which is "angry" at him and has "6 ways from Sunday to retaliate against a President". Hello? Why do you support the CIA against Trump?
 
 
+5 # Skyelav 2017-01-11 20:44
[quote How is that patriotic? This week, Sen. Shumer warned Trump on national television that he'd best not cross the intelligence "community", which is "angry" at him and has "6 ways from Sunday to retaliate against a President". Hello? Why do you support the CIA against Trump?

And the agencies are angry at him because.....? Great psot, thanks.
 
 
+20 # Robbee 2017-01-11 20:01
what's a little treason? among repugs?
 
 
+44 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-01-11 20:05
What do I think, little though my opinion may move & shake the earth? That the USA is, with eyes wide open, walking off a deadly cliff; that if this wasn’t a world-class tragedy it would be unbelievable slapstick farce; & that hope is desirable but presently deeply absurd. Like watching a train wreck in slow motion.
 
 
+7 # goodsensecynic 2017-01-12 07:06
While I agree with your general assessment, I am not sure about current events in the USA happening in "slow motion."

In the "Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte," Marx recalled Hegel's comment that history happened twice (i.e., repeated itself) and added that it happened first as tragedy (the original Napoléon's seizure of power in 1799) and second as farce (the coup staged by Louis-Napoléon - later, Napoléon III in 1851).

Events, it seems, are actually happening faster today. Emperor Trump seems destined to conflate tragedy (for the USA) and farce (for himself) into one benighted and collapsed dialectic all on his own.
 
 
-8 # Skyelav 2017-01-11 20:05
Does anyone at all think this is a witch hunt? Trump has had worldwise exposure for his own business adventures and he has obviously done what all rich men do when they are on the scent of deals and women. Meanwhile the Hildabeast is sitting crouched ready to do something else awful, she is and hers are, with her buddies int he plutocracy and George Soros leading her around like a bull with a nose ring. This is the world we live in. If Trump can be bought he probably hasn't been yet. Does everyone here want a Mike Pence presidency? And even if we don't then what? Let's think before we get a rope.
 
 
+10 # Jaax88 2017-01-11 22:16
Not a witch hunt at this point IMO. A hunt and seek effort to find out what the hell is going on. It behooves Americans to pay attention and not boo hoo at this stage. On this one I do not think the CIA can be blamed for the disclosures, but if it does not follow up and find some answers it will surely catch hell from both sides.
 
 
+19 # dotlady 2017-01-11 21:27
Hearing Trump speak leaves a sense of confusion, insecurity, and mayhem. It is unsettling. Eventually, the all-too-likely reports of his behavior in and relationships with Russians may be confirmed. It will be too late to turn back the policies of his henchman, many of whom are only too glad to have their shot on the show at any risk.
 
 
-15 # Aliazer 2017-01-11 21:49
It appears to me that a coupe d'etat may be in the making in this country.

All of the warmongering governmental entities appear to be ganging up on Trump and since these agencies are nothing but tools of powerful forces, one wonder what all this is going to evolve into. Perhaps they think there is still time to stop Trump's inauguration?

One thing is for sure, though, they don't appear at all interested in prosecuting the DNC for massive voters' fraud but concerned solely with Russia which numerous former intelligence official totally discount and don't believe had anything to do with the corrupt revelations about Clinton, Podesta and DNC!!!!
 
 
+4 # Kiwikid 2017-01-12 00:10
Which voter fraud would that be, Aliazer?
 
 
-4 # Tigre1 2017-01-12 00:32
Attaboy, Aliazer (alias-maker)

The coup happened. Too late. You missed the important points. And yes, I agree with you certainly about one thing: the 'revelations' were obviously corrupt.
 
 
+1 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-12 02:12
But they seem equally unconcerned with prosecuting Trumpolini for real crimes and misdemeanors as well- Will he just blithely walk away from any trial for allegedly raping a 13 years old, stiffing workers, using taxpayer money to bail out his failing businesses, etc. ?
His Russian escapades ? The possible hacking of the DNC etc.?
 
 
+1 # olpossum 2017-01-12 09:23
Your syntax, while plausible, looks a bit suspicious.
 
 
+2 # ericlipps 2017-01-11 22:47
Poor persecuted Donald Trump! Everybody's picking on him!

It couldn't be, of course, that there's a real issue there.
 
 
+7 # Jaax88 2017-01-12 00:03
Bring back Obama. I am getting a huge headache from all this trump stuff. Lies, fabrication, GREAT exaggerations, dumb bunny sexual stuff, history of big bad business practices, possible traitorous conduct, thumbing his nose at giving up his tax returns and other normal and usual conduct of a presidential candidate not to say anything about how he wants to dismantle much of the good, protective agencies and regulations and progressive policies we now have.

At least Obama is a decent man and was learning to incorporate progressive policies into his thinking and actions. Not pushing destructive, class oriented policies like trump and, what's the other guy's name.
 
 
-1 # Adoregon 2017-01-12 00:40
Homey Comey

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/12/08/what-james-comey-did/
 
 
+9 # PaineRad 2017-01-12 01:50
IF that is so, that would make Trump only the third or fourth GOP president to have committed treason in the last 50 years.
 
 
+4 # gdp6101 2017-01-12 05:20
I think that Trump selling out to the Russians is just the culmination of the development of this country into a Kleptocracy as defined by Matt Taibi. The fourth book of Mario Puzo Godfather series chronicled the demise of government efforts to take down organized crime by assassinating RFK. No one has done time for the 2008 banking debacle and fleecing the American public has become big business, while big business gets bailed out by the government. Crime and corruption rule and opportunists like Trump are ready to say and do whatever it takes to capitalize on our ignorance and weakness.
 
 
+5 # Salburger 2017-01-12 07:18
political opponents and adversaries are not "enemies" in the sense used by the Constitution--i t would take a declaration of war or an armed attack on the US to make Russia an enemy in this sense. Trump is scum and vulnerable to Russian pressure financially (if not also to blackmail--thou gh I doubt he'd really care if the alleged tapes were released) but at least so far he is not guilty of treason.
 
 
+2 # video4315 2017-01-12 07:55
For a look at the dossier:
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984/Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.pdf

Eight days until the meltdown.
 
 
+1 # wrknight 2017-01-12 10:00
Come on, Robert, my god! Get off it. First of all, Russia is not an enemy country even if people like you are trying to make it one. Secondly it is not a dictatorship. Like it or not, he was elected by the people and has a much higher approval rating than our own president.

Thirdly, U.S. interference in the affairs of foreign countries is 100 times greater than all the interference with U.S. affairs by all countries combined including Russia. So get off it.

Finally, is Trump screwing around with Russian prostitutes any worse than Bill Clinton getting blow jobs from his interns? At least Trump wasn't doing on the job at taxpayer expense.
 
 
-1 # Jaax88 2017-01-13 00:39
Assad of Syria was elected, does that make him not a dictator. I think when a government squelches the political opposition you can call the head of the government a dictator. Maybe I have it wrong. Even though Xi Jinping of China was elected by its national representative body I would call him a dictator.
 
 
+4 # Rcomm 2017-01-12 10:31
rivervalley, there was no proof to the email accusations leveled at Hillary Clinton shortly before the election but Trump jumped on them with both feet. Now he needs to feel the heat.
 
 
+5 # Citizen Mike 2017-01-12 10:54
Trump has insulted and disparaged the intelligence agencies, so it is no surprise they are out to get him by any means, fair or foul. Whatever the intelligence services have done in the past, that is besides the point that they are out to undermine Trump. And that works for me because Trump stands for the most un-American principles of authoritarian rule and gross injustice. And he is a self-serving bullshit artist and a complete prick, totally unfit to serve as president, and has no idea what public service actually means. So anyone's efforts to undermine or unseat him is welcome by me. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
 
 
+6 # Citizen Mike 2017-01-12 12:52
It may not be "treason" per se but it certainly is disloyalty and diverges from the protection of American interests in the world to support a rival, or to accept and welcome the support of a rival. What is to be done with a disloyal and untrustworthy president?
 
 
+6 # Jack Radey 2017-01-12 13:21
A Trump presidency would be a disaster for the United States, and the world. No argument. He is the least qualified person ever to be elected to that office, and such plans as he and his cabinet seem to have would destroy the stability that allows this nation to exist. But...
1) the evidence that Russia intervened in the election is weak.
2) Russia is not an enemy of the US. Has nuclear warheads aimed at us? Yes indeed. Do you remember who first produced nuclear weapons? And from Operation Broiler, the first US nuclear war plan, aimed them at... Russia.
3)It was the US, not Russia, who intervened in the Ukraine, pumping in $5 billion not to swing an election, but to sponsor a coup. The same US sent weapons aimed at Russia to Rumania, has just sent troops, tanks and artillery to Russia's borders (no Russian troops on our borders, are there?)
4) Russia is a distraction from what is wrong with Trump, that he represents the face of pirate capitalism - "What care I for the law?" Piratize everything - schools, health care, retirement, get rid of environmental and labor laws. Lots of talk of Putin, no talk of Comey, lots of rage at Snowden, Assange, Manning, none at Comey, and Clapper.
5)The upshot of all of this attacking Trump on weak grounds, will be him triumphant (Goddess help us), the Dems discredited, and a potential of war with Russia. Terrific strategy, I thought better of you, Prof Reich.
 
 
+3 # Johnny 2017-01-12 15:08
I am somewhat surprised at the clamor of the majority on this list for war with Russia. The Germans took the word of their government for calumnies without proof and like modern Americans obediently and hysterically hated the Russians just because the regime commanded them to. Then in 1939 Germany attacked Russia with the consent of the kind of good people who have been blindly and obediently advocating war against Russia on this list. It worked out badly for the Germans. There is no reason to think all this hate will work out better for us. Evidence? We don't need no stinking evidence: if the Gestapo--excuse me, CIA--says it is true then I believe it.
 
 
+2 # ronnewmexico 2017-01-13 09:12
This…."Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution. Article I Section 3 defines it as levying war against the United States, or "adhering" or "giving aid and comfort" to enemies of the United States. Plotting with a foreign dictatorship that has nuclear warheads pointing at the United States to throw our election, or failing to notify authorities if Trump or his associates knew of such efforts, presumably would qualify."


is the same ddefinition of treason those on the right used/use against Assange and Snowden.

The liberals on our side turn out to be not so livberal in things nor consisant.

We are not at war with russia last I checked.
 
 
0 # Jaax88 2017-01-13 13:57
Assad of Syria was elected, does that make him not a dictator. I think when a government squelches the political opposition you can call the head of the government a dictator. But maybe I have it wrong. Even though Xi Jinping of China was elected by its national representative body I would call him a dictator.
 
 
+1 # ronnewmexico 2017-01-13 23:09
A dictator so what? We don't change regimes because governments are led by dictators.
We claim democracy but as we see by this recent election a majority does not produce a winner…which is why we are really a republic with some democratic principals not a democracy.

Should other governments then aspire to remove our government as we are really not democratic.?t
 

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