(UnitedVoice.com) – Last week, it was revealed that rogue high-level FBI officials executed a plan to frame former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and force him to admit to a crime. In a handwritten note, the FBI’s Chief of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, asked, “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Flynn was at the center of Mueller’s Russian hoax investigation, which alleged that Russians interfered in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump.
Former FBI Director James Comey, Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, senior FBI Agent Peter Strzok, FBI attorney Lisa Page, and Priestap had one single focus: end the Trump presidency quickly. Flynn was not the objective; he was the obstacle. Based on the record and their communications, these rogue FBI officials had a political agenda that superseded their mandate as law enforcement officials.
The actions of these individuals were questionable at best, but the entire situation poses a deeper question.
Is This Treason?
Treason is the only crime specifically defined in the US Constitution.
The founding fathers shared a historical view that citizens owed a duty of loyalty to their country. However, they created the Treason Clause to protect against false allegations and prosecutions of legitimate political opposition. Article III, Section 3 states:
“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.”
What does US history have to teach us about treason? To answer the question of whether members of the FBI may have committed it, let’s take a quick look back at a few less notable instances of treason.
The Whiskey Rebellion
In 1794, Pennsylvania farmers and distillers rose in protest over the taxation of whiskey. Known as the Battle of Bower Hill near Pittsburgh, 500 armed men confronted the former Revolutionary War general and appointed federal tax collector, John Neville. Protecting his property, a battle ensued. Twenty-four men were indicted for treason, and ten who were captured stood trial. Two were convicted and sentenced to hang before President Washington pardoned them.
Two Governors – One State
In 1842, the People’s Party was a small but influential political faction in Rhode Island. Single-handedly it decided to eradicate the state’s constitution and vote in a new governor: Thomas Dorr. Existing Governor Samuel King Ward refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new constitution or its governor. Martial law was imposed and Dorr was arrested and charged with treason against Rhode Island. He was convicted and sentenced to solitary confinement and hard labor. One year later, his sentence was commuted, and he was released.
The US or Confederate Flag?
In 1862, Commodore David Farragut captured New Orleans and ordered Confederate flags to be replaced with the US flag. When the mayor refused, Marines were sent to replace the flags and citizens were warned that anyone attempting to harm the US flag would be fired upon. William Mumford and a half dozen others ignored the order. He was convicted in a military tribunal of treason and was hanged.
Coal Miners Rebellion
In 1921, coal miners and their employers in West Virginia were in a standstill over grievances. State police, federal marshals, and the US Army engaged in what became known as the Battle of Blair Mountain. A total of 985 miners or supporters were charged with murder, conspiracy, and treason against the state. Two were charged in federal court with treason against the United States.
Could framing a former national security adviser to get to the President of the United States be considered treason? In this case, rogue FBI officials were not publicly protesting their government or exercising free speech as private citizens. Instead, it appears they may have been planning a coup from inside the government.
There is only going to be one way to know for sure. There must be indictments, trials to ensure due process, and convictions. Multiple sources say the Department of Justice is building a serious case.
This is an evolving story. Be sure to check back often for updates.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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