Trump Claims Sarcasm After Being Accused Of Treason
A huge leak of emails from top Democrats resulted in the resignation of DNC Top Dog Debbie Wasserman Schultz after Bernie Sanders fans heads were about to explode with emails exposing how the DNC skewed media coverage favorably towards Clinton. Shortly after Clinton hired Schultz as honorary chair of her 50 states campaign.
Wednesday at the DNC with a star studded speaker line up Trump held a press conference early in the day to try and take some of the media spotlight. In it he called for Russia to either stage a hack on or release Hillary Clinton’s “deleted” 30,000 emails.
Trump’s remarks (in video at top for video):
“Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press” (in other words, find & release those emails).
Following this people called it treason and sedition. Calling on a foreign government to hack a presidential nominee in an opposing party.
Via CNN: “Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said in a Fox News interview that aired the day after his comments at a news conference in Florida sparked a national furor and offered ammunition for Democrats who claim he’s not fit to be president.
What do you think? Was Trump joking?
Via NBCNews: But suppose he was urging a foreign government to hack a political candidate? Would that be a crime?Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution, consisting of levying war against the United States or “adhering to” to an enemy, which means giving aid and comfort.
Some have wondered if Trump’s statement amounts to the solicitation of a crime. But federal law requires using or threatening to use physical force to meet that definition.
A few legal scholars say that what Trump said might amount to conspiracy to commit computer fraud, which is defined as intentionally accessing a computer without authorization. But conspiracy requires an agreement.
Federal law does say that it’s illegal to “counsel or induce” someone else to commit a crime, and a former federal prosecutor says Trump’s statement “approaches the line.”
It looks like at the bare minimum, if this were the other way around, the Republicans would hold endless congressional hearings and demand a huge investigation.
What if the Russian’s do release Hillary’s emails? Will it be a crime then?