Mr. Trump has apparently stepped across the line into treason. Many observers have noted serious wrongdoing, a few so far have even used the word “treason”.
Mr. Trump has weakened the western alliance for Mr. Putin by denigrating the allies at every turn (the G-7 meeting in Canada, the NATO summit in Brussels, his visit to the UK, etc), and imposing unnecessary tariffs, trying to start trade wars with them.
Soviet Russia and now Putin’s Russia has been trying to weaken our alliance unsuccessfully for over 7 decades. Mr. Trump has done it for them in only a year and a half.
At the Helsinki summit news conference, Mr. Trump then gut-punched his own intelligence community to stick up for Putin. He defended Putin against reporters’ questions. The smirk on Putin's face was evident.
At the same news conference, Mr. Trump then tried to blame poor relations with Russia on Mueller's investigation. He so obviously still believes the fiction that Mueller's investigation is solely just a witch hunt against him. It is not.
Mueller’s investigation began before Mr. Trump became President, and its charter was to find out what exactly happened regarding election meddling, how they did it, who exactly did it, and did they have any help on the US side? Exactly as it should be.
The “collusion” thing is but a small piece of that investigation, dealing with the “did they have any help on the US side?” question. That’s no witch hunt, that’s quite a proper question to investigate.
Billions have seen this play out on live television the last couple of weeks. Weakening the western alliance for Putin’s Russia is at the very least “providing aid and comfort to the enemy”, as one of the two Constitutional definitions of treason has it. Only two witnesses are required.
The House of Representatives brings the charges as Articles of Impeachment. The Senate then tries the case, with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding, not the Vice President. It takes a 2/3 majority to convict. That is what the Constitution says.
It is now urgent for the House and Senate to deal with this apparent treason. If they do not deal with this fairly quickly, they are complicit in it, by any possible reasonable standard. And you, the American people, must hold them accountable at election time. This is way more important than any conceivable party politics.
Update 7-19-18: Notwithstanding the various quite pathetic walk-backs of what Trump said in Helsinki and afterwards, it is quite clear what he said and meant in Helsinki, and to the allies in the month preceding. If that combination is not treason of the “aid and comfort” type, it is perilously close, and merits severe corrective action.
There is no question that the House and Senate need to deal with this, and quickly, and it appears that the majority of Americans are aware of this. The fate of the western alliance that has kept the world more-or-less at peace for 70 years is at stake. But what I see are politicians mostly scrambling to give misbehaving Trump another “pass” for their own political advantage, instead of doing their sworn duty for the American people. They are thus complicit in Trump’s treason, in my opinion.
At this point, all I can recommend is voting for “the other guy”, no matter who it is, in every election from 2018 onward. I don’t see how we could do any worse. We might do a lot better. This is way beyond any party politics in its seriousness, which is exactly why who the “other guy” is, does not matter. Just replace the whole misbehaving lot!