“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid & comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason…”
U.S. Code-Title 18-Part I -Chapter 115-§ 2381
IF THIS IS NOT TREASON, WHAT IS?
It was as disgusting as it was shocking. An America president stood side by side with a brutal, murderous Russian dictator on the world stage — on live television watched around the world by conceivably hundreds of millions of people — and threw the entire United States defense community under the bus, refusing to acknowledge what we all now know was a deliberate, sustained cyber attack on the United States.
Just days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment of 12 Russian nationals in the ongoing probe of Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump presidential campaign, Donald Trump made his way to Helsinki on Monday, for a much-hyped summit with Russian President and former KGB agent Vladimir Putin.
In a press conference after the two-hour private meeting, in which there were very notably no other Americans present, Trump disgracefully defended the Russian president, saying he offered an “extremely strong and powerful” denial of the attacks. In one of the most stunning points of the presser, Trump responded to one reporter who asked whether he believed his own intelligence agencies, or Putin, as follows:
“(The US intel community) said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia…I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
He also called the entire Mueller investigation;
“a disaster for our country.”
While the presser was still live, social media — very notably, Trump’s platform of choice, Twitter — was erupting with outraged responses, coming from both sides of the political spectrum. Celebrities also quickly reacted. And in full disclosure, I myself had to vent.
Anderson Cooper coming back after Trump/Putin presser: "You have been watching one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president…”
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) July 16, 2018
Today’s press conference in #Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 16, 2018
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s defense of Putin against the intelligence agencies of the U.S. & his suggestion of moral equivalence between the U.S. and Russia. Russia poses a grave threat to our national security.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) July 16, 2018
It’s embarrassing that American flags were present at #TrumpPutinSummit, because an American president was not. Our president, above everything else, must defend US. @realDonaldTrump just showed he cannot and will always side with Russia. @HouseGOP, do you hear the fire alarm?
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 16, 2018
GOP-YOUR SILENCE IS DEAFENING! #TreasonSummit
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 16, 2018
— Jon Cooper 🌊 (@joncoopertweets) July 16, 2018
This is a betrayal to the oath of office. Donald Trump is clearly under the control of Moscow. To him Putin & the oligarchy are his political base & he will always side with them. No doubt this is why #TreasonSummit is trending #1 today #SaveDemocracy https://t.co/djHKfV4UJS
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) July 16, 2018
— Andrew Janz (@JanzforCongress) July 16, 2018
Today, July 16th, 2018, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly & deliberately attacked & betrayed by our "President". We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us all true patriots.#TreasonSummit #PresidentAsset https://t.co/5hbQUZxJA0
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 16, 2018
— ROSIE (@Rosie) July 16, 2018
He is a menace to our country, is a total disgrace, and must be removed.
— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) July 16, 2018
i'm so disgusted i could puke. what a sad day for america. what we all just witnessed was #TREASON, plain and simple. our "president" is a puppet of a murderous dictator. #DonaldTrump is a vile, self-serving pig. #TreasonousTrump #TreasonSummit #GOPTreason #ProtectMueller pic.twitter.com/9CMF1o4aU0
— James Reader (@JamesReader_RP) July 16, 2018
The Mueller investigation aside, there is no question, now, that Donald Trump betrayed his country, and the oath of office. The only question left is will the craven Republicans that control our congress act before more damage is done?
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