Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld stunned just about everyone this week when he strongly implied that President Donald Trump should be executed over his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During an interview on MSNBC, Weld, who is challenging Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, was asked about the whistleblower complaint that has been filed regarding Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president.
Trump says the phone call was about rooting out corruption, but the media has been claiming Trump will be impeached and jailed.
“That is treason,” Weld declared. “It’s treason pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty.”
“The penalty under the constitution is removal from office, and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he could work out a plea deal,” he said.
When Weld was given the opportunity to clarify his comments, he doubled down that Trump committed treason and that the president should be executed.
“How do you see this proceeding?” NBC News political analyst Elise Jordan asked Weld.
“Well the legal framework is under the U.S. criminal code, the only penalty for treason is death, it’s spelled out in the statute,” Weld said. “Under the constitution as you know, removal from office, impeachment, and removal from any federal office are treason, bribery and or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“We don’t have to worry about bribery anymore,” Weld said. “We don’t have to worry about high crimes and misdemeanors. We’ve got treason.”
“He’s daring us all to let him be totally lawless,” Weld said.
He added: “He has no respect for the law, he doesn’t understand the law. He has no knowledge base under any issues. Why do we want this man as president of the United States? I don’t get it, and now the path is clear.”
Bill Weld just called for the Death Penalty to be used against Donald Trump, a sitting US President. pic.twitter.com/F6ZvWuFOjt
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The media has been going ballistic over a phone call Trump had with the Ukrainian president several months ago, where POTUS reportedly asked the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over shady business dealings with a Ukrainian gas company.
There are two major issues at hand.
First, a whistleblower filed a complaint regarding the call, but it has been revealed that the leaker did not even hear the phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.
The whistleblower filed a complaint about a call that they never heard, and Democrats are demanding Trump be impeached over a call that they also never heard.
Secondly, the scandal involving Biden and Ukraine is arguably just as controversial as Hillary Clinton’s Uranium One scandal.
Essentially, the allegations are that Hunter allegedly profited financially from his father’s time as vice president.
The details emerged as the Ukrainian government recently reopened an investigation into a company which once paid Hunter Biden roughly $50,000 a month.
That company, Burisma Holdings, is currently being probed by Ukraine’s top prosecutor.
Joe Biden allegedly pressured and tried to intimidate the Ukrainian government to remove the prosecutor from the case, and his plan actually worked.
Biden, who was still serving as the vice president, went to Kiev in March 2016 and “threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor [Yuriy Lutsenko], who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.”
Biden’s plan worked, and the Ukrainian Parliament removed Lutsenko as the prosecutor on the case.
However, it looks like Hunter Biden still benefited significantly from his father’s actions.
If Biden used his power as VP to pressure Ukraine into removing the prosecutor who was investigating a shady deal involving his son, that would be catastrophic and maybe even illegal.