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Anonymous Trump Op-Ed: Treason or Simply Disloyalty?

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    Trump Calls New York Times Op-Ed 'Gutless'

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday called a New York Times op-ed, written by an anonymous official inside his administration, "gutless." The op-ed writer states that many inside the administration are working to contain Trump for the good of the country.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018)

    President Donald Trump has asked whether the person who wrote the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times has committed treason, but that isn't the case, NBC News reported

    It could be considered an act of disloyalty, which is not a crime, but it's not treasonous.

    Treason, the only crime defined in the Constitution, consists of levying war against the United States or "adhering to" to an enemy, giving "aid and comfort." The Constitution does not specify a penalty, but a federal law does — anything from five years in prison to death.

    "Enemy" means a country or an entity that has declared war or is in a state of open war against the U.S. "Aid and comfort" must be something material, not words of encouragement. But the op-ed article fails both those tests, as it gives nothing material, and it is not in aid of an enemy.

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    Seth Meyers takes a closer look at President Donald Trump defending himself against accusations of Russian collusion and defending his Supreme Court nominee against accusations of sexual assault.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 21, 2018)