Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination, accused Trump of “treason” over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election,” Weld said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty.”
“The penalty under the Constitution is removal from office, and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he could work out a plea deal,” added Weld.