Bill Weld, Mark Sanford and Joe Walsh have all announced challenges to Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination. The challengers have an uphill battle at the Republican party has declared it’s intentions to cancel multiple state primaries.
The 3 men, who Trump has refused to debate, appeared on Monday’s Morning Joe to discuss current Republican current events. While speaking about Donald Trump’s alleged discussions with Ukrainian leader Volodmyr Zelensky, Weld said that if Trump did commit treason, the penalty for the crime is death.
The former Governor of Massachusetts explained, “Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election, it couldn’t be clearer. And 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. The penalty under the Constitution 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 was asked to give further explanation to his claims by panelist Elise Jordan. She asked, “You said that Donald Trump has committed treason and the penalty for treason under American law is death. Do you — what’s the legal framework here? Have you looked into this? What — how do you see this proceeding?
The candidate did not mince words with his reply. Weld continued, “Well, the legal framework is under the U.S. criminal code. The only penalty for treason is death. It spelled out in the statute. Under the Constitution, as you know, grounds for removal from office, impeachment, and removal from any federal office, are treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
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