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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.

    Pompeo Visits Saudi Arabia With Concerns Over Missing Writer

    [NATL] Pompeo Visits Saudi Arabia With Concerns Over Missing Journalist

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Tuesday after concerns of missing journalist Jamal Kashoggi prompted calls for an investigation into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Kashoggi was last seen. Kashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was a frequent critic of the prince. 

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)