Is Trump Treasonous For Asking Russia To Hack DNC And Hillary Clinton's Campaign Server?

Coburn Palmer

Democrats accused Donald Trump of committing treason this week after he encouraged Russia to hack into DNC computer files and now, a new breach of Hillary Clinton's campaign server has prompted calls for his prosecution.

On Thursday, Democrats cried "treason" after U.S. Sec of Agriculture Tom Vilsack suggested Trump may have violated federal law when he encouraged Russia to hack into American computer files, reports the USA Today.

"That's a no-no. You can't do that. That's not legal, that's not right….Donald Trump sided with Russia and not with us."
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

The Logan Act, enacted 200 years ago in 1978, was designed to stop Americans from committing treason by conducting foreign policy on their own without the approval of the U.S. government. It prohibits Americans from engaging in correspondence with any foreign government with the intent to change their behavior toward the U.S. or to defeat the U.S.

No one has ever been found guilty of violating the Logan Act since it was created, but the law has been used in the past to cast doubt on political opposition parties.

After being accused of treason, Trump backtracked and said he was only being sarcastic, but now, a second security breach has Democrats blaming Russia and calling for Donald's prosecution, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid told Newsmax.

"A lot of people are saying that this [Trump's comments] went too far and some action should be taken."

"There should definitely be an investigation."

The U.S. Department of Justice's national security division is investigating the hack of Hillary's campaign servers because of the similarities with the details in the DNC hack, which Democrats blame Russia for.

Russia has denied any involvement with the DNC hack or the breach in Clinton's campaign security systems, but top Democrats are outraged that Trump may have helped leak important information during an election year.

"Obviously, interference in the U.S. election process is a very, very serious matter, and I think certainly this government would treat it with great seriousness."
"Honestly, I wish I had that power. I'd love to have that power."

"Still stunned. Feel like I'm in the twilight zone. Obama just defended America & conservative values from attacks by the Republican nominee."

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