Definition: “Violation of the allegiance owed to one’s sovereign or state; betrayal of one’s country, specifically in the United States (as declared in the US Constitution), consisting only in levying war against the United States, or in giving aid and comfort to its enemies.”
May 26, 2017 – According to the latest report from The Washington Post, on December 1st or 2nd, 2016, Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn held a secret meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at the Trump Tower in New York City, where Kushner suggested setting up a private and secure communications channel between the Trump Transition Team and the Kremlin, and possibly utilizing diplomatic facilities at the Russian Embassy to do so. Kislyak allegedly then relayed the suggestion to his superiors in Moscow, while expressing his astonishment at the idea.
On this same day, Reuters News Agency also reported that Kushner had had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November 2016. Seven current and former U.S. officials confirmed the information with Reuters.
These events supposedly occurred BEFORE either Kushner or Flynn had been sworn in as US officials, while both were still merely private citizens, without either diplomatic portfolios or any legitimate government credentials.
Again according to The Post article, these secret communication efforts were sought by Kushner (and apparently by Lt. General Flynn) in order to “shield pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring” by US intelligence agencies.
Or in common terms, the two men wanted to hold secret talks with Russian authorities in Moscow, without the possibility of anyone else learning what was being said – like the CIA, or the NSA, or the FBI, or the Justice Department, or the Press, or the American people – just members of the Trump team, and Russian government officials. Like Russian Ambassador Kislyak, or Russian Foreign Secretary Lavrov, or Russian President Vladimir Putin…
Now, what could those particular people possibly want to talk about behind everyone else’s back, IN PRIVATE?
Could it have been about discussing the past, present & ongoing Russian interference in American political affairs?
Could it have been about forgiveness of Russian debts owed by the Trump Organization?
Could it have been about the US sanctions against Russia for invading the Ukraine, and seizing Crimea?
Could it have been about the stymied Russian/Exxon arctic oil deal?
Could it have been about ensuring that NATO really does become obsolete?
Or could it have been about providing other “aid and comfort” to a currently avowed US enemy known as Russia?
U.S. Constitution, Article 3, 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.”
U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment, Section 3: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, CIVIL or MILITARY, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, OR AS AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381: “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.”