Bill Weld Has Jarring Idea for Trump Punishment - Page 2
'The penalty for treason under the US code is death,' says 2020 GOP challenger
- Impeachment? Trump's acknowledgment that he spoke about the Bidens with Ukraine's leader has poured "rocket fire on the impeachment fire," per the Playbook blog at Politico. It sees Nancy Pelosi's demand over the weekend that the White House release the whistleblower's report about Trump's call as an important warning shot. Trump insists he did nothing wrong in the call, saying the conversation was in the context of the nation's corruption trouble. (Backgound here.)
- The laws: The Washington Post has an analysis on what laws Trump might have bent or broken with his call. "If a crime was committed in the Ukraine matter, legal scholars say, it may have been a violation of laws that prohibit bribery, bar Americans from seeking to influence foreign officials, and ban foreign involvement in US election campaigns." But Trump can't be indicted as a sitting president, the piece notes, meaning this matter might ultimately be decided by voters, not the courts.
- In Trump's defense: "If Trump felt that Zelensky needed to be pushed to do the right thing and clean up corruption in his country, then so be it," writes Karen Townsend at Hot Air. Let Democrats move ahead with impeachment, which she thinks will fail. And Trump should not release the phone transcript. "Why would any world leader speak candidly to him in future conversations if he does so?"
- More from Weld: “We’ve got treason," he said. "And we don’t have to dribble around the court. We can go right for the hoop. It’s well past time for this guy, in my opinion, to be carted off to save us all. He’s daring us all to let him be totally lawless."
- The latest from Trump: The POTUS blasted both the whistleblower and Biden later Monday; see what he had to say here.
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