Donald Trump Requested Russia to Hack Clinton

During a press conference on national television on July 27, 2016, Donald Trump acknowledged the Russian hacking efforts and half-jokingly requested Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign, saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Source This was Trump’s last major press conference until the election.

Discussion

If Trump acknowledges that Russia is conducting a cyberwar against the US, and takes no action against it, yet still moves to lift US sanctions against Russia, would this alone constitute treason under Article III of the US Constitution, which defines treason to include levying war against the US, adhering to their enemies, or giving them aid and comfort? See also 18 USC §2381.

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