Rival Republican Bill Weld accuses Trump of ‘treason — pure and simple’

Rival Republican Bill Weld accuses Trump of ‘treason — pure and simple’
Image via Wikimedia Commons.
World

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, one of the three Republicans who is challenging President Donald Trump via a 2020 GOP presidential primary, has been vehemently critical of Trump on foreign policy. And Weld is now accusing Trump of “treason” in response to reports that he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.


Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday morning, Weld told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, “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.”

Weld added, “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.”

Simultaneously, Scarborough and Brzezinski spoke to all three of the Republicans who are running against Trump in the 2020 GOP presidential primary: the others are former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh and former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Trump seemed to acknowledge that he had mentioned Joe Biden and Hunter Biden during a phone conservation with Zelensky in July. But Trump maintained that he hadn’t done anything wrong, implying that the Bidens were the ones who had been unethical. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company that Trump, according to the Washington Post, urged Zelensky to investigate.

Weld told Scarborough and Brzezinski, “We don’t have to worry about bribery any more, although I think he’s committed that. We don’t have to worry about other high crimes and misdemeanors, although I think he’s committed many. He’s such a lawless man. We’ve got treason, and we don’t have to dribble around the court. We can go right for the hoop.”

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.