“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States … adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall … be incapable of holding any office under the United States” (U.S.Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 115, § 2381). It’s a crime.

“Collusion” is defined, by Black’s Law Dictionary, as “a deceitful agreement or compact between two or more persons for the one party to bring an action against the other for some evil purpose.” Not a crime, as such.

“Obstruction of justice” is defined (U.S.C. 18, §5, 1501-1521) as any “interference with the orderly administration of law and justice … including obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees (18 U.S.C. §1505), … obstruction of criminal investigations (18 U.S.C. §1510), … tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant (18 U.S.C. §1512), … retaliating against a witness, victim, or informant (18 U.S.C. §1513), … destruction of corporate audit records” (18 U.S.C. §1520).

This crime can be in any number of forms, whether it’s bribery, tampering with evidence, lying to investigators, abusing one’s power, or some other act intended to impede a criminal investigation. It’s a crime.

It is only collusion that Trump so vehemently denies. His unwillingness to even mention treason or obstruction of justice seems to say so much about who he is and what he represents.

I am not a lawyer, but in my own opinion as a supposedly intelligent person trying to understand so much of what has been said and not said and done and not done by the president of the United States, most of the above, in one way or another, seems to spell out the actions of one Donald J. Trump.

Bill Harmon

Benton

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