Bill Weld Has Jarring Idea for Trump Punishment

'The penalty for treason under the US code is death,' says 2020 GOP challenger
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2019 12:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump's Democratic critics are calling for impeachment over the Ukraine controversy, but a Republican critic just outdid them by a mile. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is challenging Trump for the GOP nomination, weighed in on the subject during the Morning Joe program and raised the idea of the death penalty, reports Mediaite. "Pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a US election" is treason, said Weld. "And the penalty for treason under the US code is death." Weld also said that, under the Constitution, the penalty for treason is removal from office, and "that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he can work out a plea deal.” Weld brought up the penalty issue unprompted, then doubled down when pressed, notes Mediaite. Related coverage:

  • No guarantee: Rudy Giuliani denied on Fox Monday that Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless the nation investigated Joe Biden's son Hunter. But when pressed, Guiliani couldn't guarantee it, reports the Hill. “Did the president threaten to cut off aid to the Ukraine,” asked Fox's Maria Bartiromo. “No, no that was a false story,” said Giuliani. "One hundred percent?” asked Giuliani. “Well, I can’t tell you if it’s 100%,” said Giuliani.

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