TREASON: “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.” – 18 U.S. Code § 2381.Treason
By Richard Cook for VT
The first action Joe Biden should take when he is inaugurated president on January 20, 2011, is to issue orders to arrest Donald Trump on charges of treason.
Particularly egregious are Trump’s as yet unexplained decapitation of the Defense Department, along with Secretary of State Pompeo’s verbal remarks about a second Trump term and Pompeo’s own failure to support the transition.
These actions raise enough suspicion that Trump is planning an armed coup that taken even by themselves undermines the standing of the U.S. with other nations. Combined with Trump’s continuing failure to honor the integrity of U.S. alliances, including those with Europe and South Korea, suspicion of treasonous intent grows even more acute.
Trump’s scorning of rational implementation of preventive measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, along with the actions of his followers, has resulted in thousands of unnecessary deaths. His refusal to cooperate with the incoming Biden administration will cause delays in the roll-out of vaccines now being developed. Trump’s flippancy and failure to act amount to negligent homicide against the U.S. population whose welfare is in his keeping.
Trump’s failure to implement a coronavirus relief package in the autumn of 2020 was a direct assault by him and his administration on the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans. It has been a humanitarian disaster, tantamount to genocide, particularly harmful to minorities, who are Trump’s declared enemies, and to lower-income workers. It didn’t work for Republicans to blame Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Actually to blame were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Senate cohorts and the willful absence of leadership from Trump.
A vast majority of the people of the U.S. are a diverse population of decent, hard-working, family-oriented individuals who want productive work, a sustainable way of life, and a clean environment. Trump has done everything within his power to turn the people of our nation against each other, to stoke violence, and to promote mutual blame and recrimination as a power play to enhance his personal wealth and ambition.
The fact that America sometimes seems to be a nation divided against itself, even to the point of being on the verge of a cultural civil war, is due in large part to the actions of Trump and his radical political predecessors and cohorts to “divide and conquer.”
Those among Trump’s followers who are screaming without evidence to “Stop the Steal” are deceived through self-indulgent victims of manipulation by skilled propagandists, who share in Trump’s treasonous culpability. Along with Trump’s arrest, Biden should order his Attorney General to begin investigating such individuals as Roger Stone, William Barr, Steve Bannon, etc., for abetting Trump’s unlawful actions against America and its Constitution. Others who should be investigated include Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, and the Republican Senate leadership.
Along with Trump’s trial, Joe Biden’s Justice Department should reopen the Muller investigation, not to examine charges of Russian interference in Trump’s election as president in 2016, but look at all other indications that Trump has acted during his presidency in ways that show preference to Russia and its president Vladimir Putin due to Trump’s having been compromised in any way through his business dealings with Russia or its agents prior to or during his presidency.
A similar investigation should be conducted with regard to Trump’s relations with Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu or other agents of Israel. What did Trump get for his ongoing support of Netanyahu’s radical agenda?
It is time for the U.S. to finally get serious about who Donald Trump is, what he has done to America, whom he is acting for, and what damage he may do in the future if left at large.
About Author: Richard Cook is a retired federal government analyst.