William Weld: Trump Has Committed Treason, Which Is Punishable By ‘Death’

William Weld: Trump Has Committed Treason, Which Is Punishable By ‘Death’

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has accused President Donald Trump of committing treason. Weld, who is challenging Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he considered the President pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden to be treasonous.

Morning Joe was hosting all three of Trump’s Republican challengers and co-host Joe Scarborough asked about the recent spate of state Republican parties canceling their primaries. But Weld was more concerned about Trump’s behavior.

“Well, obviously, canceling primaries undermines democratic institutions and democratic elections, but that’s far from the deepest dive crime that the President has committed here,” Weld said.

“He has now acknowledged that in a single phone call right after he suspended $250 million of military aid to Ukraine, he called up the president of Ukraine and pressed him eight times to investigate Joe Biden who the President thinks is going to be running against him.”

“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. Election. It couldn’t be clearer. And that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. 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 on 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.”

The other two Trump challengers were not as strident as Weld but agreed Trump’s behavior was troubling.

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.