I found the federal law that discusses treason.
It says the following: 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.
Got it! If you give “aid and comfort” to a nation with which we are at war, then you have committed an act of treason. The punishment of which can be death.
Now … I mention this because Donald Trump has accused Barack Obama of committing a “treasonous act” by “spying” on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Hyperbolic? Exaggeration? Is Trump just trying to make news?
He has told the author of a new book about the Trump administration that President Obama committed an act of treason by spying on him. Doug Wead has written a book, “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency.” Trump told Wead about what he thinks of what he has alleged occurred.
I believe, though, that the FBI has determined that it has no evidence of espionage. It has essentially cleared the former president of wrongdoing.
And yet …
The president continues to toss this kind of fiery rhetoric around as if no one really cares to challenge the things he says.
“What they did was treasonous. Okay? It was treasonous,” Trump told Wead. Actually, it wasn’t.
For the president to defame another president with a bogus allegation that implies an extreme form of punishment is the very definition of reprehensible.