Barr: Trump Doesn’t Mean Obama, Biden Literally Committed Treason
ttorney General Bill Barr said President Donald Trump’s use of the word “treason” regarding political opponents should not be taken literally.
Barr made his comments on Wednesday during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
The CNN host asked Barr: “Is it appropriate, though for the sitting president to be accusing his predecessor, President [Barack] Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden of committing treason?”
Barr replied: “Well, treason is a legal term. I think he is using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice and if he feels that, he can say it.”
ABC News noted that Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution states that the legal standard for convicting a person of treason “shall consist only in levying war against [the U.S.], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
By Jeffrey Rodack