Did Schiff and Speaker Pelosi commit treason?

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Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:48 pm

Since Democrats began an impeachment inquiry, President Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee chairman, by accusing him of treason and demanding that he be removed from office.

On Sunday night, Trump repeated those claims on Twitter — and this time, suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is also guilty of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason,” while insisting that both Democratic leaders should be impeached.

“Nancy Pelosi knew all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con, and the illegal meetings with a highly partisan ‘Whistleblower’ & lawyer,” he tweeted. Source

Answer: According to the Constitutional definition of treason, the simple answer here is NO they did not levy war against the United States. In fact, beginning an impeachment process against a sitting President is completely within the scope of of their duties as members of the House as defined by the Constitution.


The Constitution of The United States spells out the definition of treason: Article III, Section 3.1-2:

1: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

2: The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Article I, Section 2.5: The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
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