National security expert Malcolm Nance said that President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, rich with attacks on the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the special counsel’s investigation, is causing people to publicly question whether in fact the president is guilty of treason.
Nance took issue with some of the language being used to describe the president’s problems with his own law enforcement agencies.
“These phrases, ‘taking down an elected president’, ‘a bureaucratic coup’ — this is Donald Trump’s characterization” of “the patriots at the FBI and the Department of justice, who were defending the Constitution of the United States, using their sworn positions to identify a threat to the United States,” Nance said in a blizzard of words. He added that investigators “were confronted by the fact that we had a candidate for president of the United States, now president of the United States, who may, in fact, have been an asset or an agent of a foreign power.”
Nance related a conversation he’d had during the election with Boris Epshteyn, then senior advisor to the Trump campaign.
“I was talking about all the activities we were seeing between Donald Trump and the Russians, and he said, ‘are you accusing Donald Trump of being a traitor?'” Nance said. “That word is now being used publicly, openly, and the phrase ‘treason.'”
“Rhetorically, the president of the United States cannot go around tweeting about people who are investigating his activities as being treasonous because we may have that as a fact at the end of this,” he continued. “The president of the United States may have committed treason.”