Appearing on Morning Joe, 2020 GOP primary challenger Bill Weld claimed President Trump has committed “treason pure and simple.”
He then went on to insinuate Trump could receive the “death penalty” as a result.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) September 23, 2019
USAToday reports former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld slammed President Donald Trump’s contacts with the government of Ukraine in a television interview on Monday morning, calling Trump’s actions “treason.”
“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election. That’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty,” Weld said, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The penalty under the Constitution is removal from office, and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he could work out a plea deal,” he added.
Trump has sparked controversy amid questions about his alleged pressuring of the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. On Sunday, Trump acknowledged having a conversation with the Ukranian president about Biden but said their conversation was appropriate.
Journalist Andrew Feinberg pointed out that what Trump is accused of doing with the Ukranian government was likely not treason under the U.S. code, as an act of treason would require the United States to be engaged in war or actively aiding an enemy.
Yeah, @GovBillWeld needs to read Article III Section 3 of the constitution again. He’s just as wrong about this as @realDonaldTrump is when he accuses the press or Democrats of treason. https://t.co/dXpgFkmeyK pic.twitter.com/xIAuOq9gyY
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) September 23, 2019