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  •  Well, actually Ariticle III, Section 3 (2+ / 0-)
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    of the United States Constitution defines treason and its punishment, thusly:

    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.

    The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

    Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution.  

    If treason were merely giving aid to a foreign power, every member of Congress and every President for at least the last 100 years would have been imprisoned for treason.  For example, Roosevelt would have been imprisoned for helping defend Great Britain against Hitler.

    •  Excuse me (2+ / 0-)
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      You're right. I meant to say that treason requires (among other things) giving aid to a foreign power. Thanks for the clarification.

      In any case, though, proposing this legislation is not treasonous and even if it were, it is protected by legislative immunity.

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