Congressman Meadows; Senator Burr; Senator Tillis:

Russia has declared war on the United States of America. Cyberwar without bullets or bombs is still war, and they have directly assaulted the cornerstone of our Democracy: our electoral process. Our intelligence and defense agencies, including Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and the DOJ, have fought to protect us from ongoing attacks while enduring the hostility of a political structure determined to use them for partisan advantage.

Today our President stood on the dais with Vladimir Putin, President of the hostile nation now engaged in an active cyberwar on America. President Trump attacked our national defense leaders who are and have been working to prevent our destruction in that war and sided with Putin against them. In so doing, the President gave aid and comfort to an enemy. He aligned with and adhered to that enemy’s dogma, even in the face of contradictions by his own intelligence services, all of which meet the definition of treason. (See below.)

Anyone who stands by and accepts Mr. Trump’s actions is complicit in them, and there will be no escaping that choice in November. We are all Americans first, not Republicans or Democrats. You took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States which is now under assault. It’s time to stand up for the nation to which you have pledged allegiance.

I recognize it takes courage to stand up to a bully, but I also believe you accepted that responsibility when you ran for office and then took the oath. It is time. Time to hold the President accountable for treason.

 

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

“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.”

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)