For far too long, the American people have been left to wonder what exactly the Democrats will be accusing Donald Trump up when it comes time to draft articles of impeachment against him.
Given the lengthy and wide-ranging set of investigations that have taken place over the course of the last three years, it seems as though the liberal left wold have their choice of allegations to make. From the Mueller report to UkraineGate, Democrats have convinced themselves of a great many dirty deeds committed by President Trump, but the latest report out of the House Judiciary Committee takes these accusations to a whole new level.
The House Judiciary Committee report released Saturday on the legal and constitutional framework for impeaching President Donald Trump includes a discussion of the most serious crime listed in the Constitution: treason.
Citing the constitutional provision that impeachment applies to “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” the report hints throughout that President Trump might have committed treason against the United States.
The Constitution specifically defines treason in Article III, Section 3: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
Here’s where it gets wonky.
The House Judiciary Committee report, however, expands that definition to include what it calls “betrayal,” and declares: “Although the Framers did not intend impeachment for good faith disagreements on matters of diplomacy, they were explicit that betrayal of the Nation through schemes with foreign powers justified that remedy.”
The phrase “schemes with foreign powers” is sufficiently vague to include the “quid pro quo” plan that Democrats allege the president attempted to make with Ukraine, trading U.S. aid for investigation into a political opponent.
This sort of shoehorning is nothing new for the Democrats, of course, as their constant work to pin a crime on the President has seen dozens of incarnations of accusations against him.