Tucker Carlson accused of possible ‘treason’ — Analysis
A Harvard professor of law claims that Fox News’ host might face criminal prosecution if Russia invades Ukraine.
Harvard law professor and author Laurence Tribe suggested that Fox News’ most popular host, Tucker Carlson, could be guilty of “treason”Should Russia “wage war”Ukraine. Tribe deleted the tweets and has since backpedaled on the accusations.
“Led by Fox News Channels’ Tucker Carlson, the GOP’s Trump wing appears to be throwing its weight behind Putin,”Tribe wrote Monday. “If Putin opts to wage war on our ally, Ukraine, such ‘aid and comfort’ to an ‘enemy’ would appear to become ‘treason’ as defined by Article III of the US Constitution.”
Tribe’s tweet quickly stirred up backlash and, in a follow up tweet, which has also been deleted, the professor said he “should’ve been more careful”His language is as follows: “we’re not at war with Russia.”
“Sorry if I misled you,”He wrote.
The US Constitution Article III states that treason against them is punishable by death. “shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
For treason to be proven guilty, you must either confess in court or provide testimony by at least 2 witnesses. “the same overt act.”
Carlson has criticized US President Joe Biden and his administration’s focus on a potential invasion of Ukraine, saying he should be focused on more domestic issues.
If you’re American and oppose war with Russia, expect to be smeared as unpatriotic
“Russia is a very comfortable topic for Joe Biden,”Carlson stated this last week in his program. “He enjoys talking about it much more than talking about, say, inflation, or crime, or fentanyl deaths, or about how half the population of Haiti appears to be showing up in Florida in leaky boats. Those topics may interest you since you live in this country, but not Joe Biden.”
Fox News host, who was trying to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin last year, also stated that the National Security Agency (NSA), had spyed on him.
Carlson has received backlash for his views on Russia, but many jumped to the conservative pundit’s defense on Monday.
This is not the type of “aid and comfort” that would qualify as treason. These tropes belong in the past. https://t.co/EEc4JDTN4d
— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) February 21, 2022
This statement is false. History, Constitutional text and precedent all state that this assertion is false. The truth is far more accurate. Here’s a very helpful discussion of “treason” from the National Constitution Center: https://t.co/zFL2sQ4ouOhttps://t.co/RcxjpNKXWH
— David French (@DavidAFrench) February 21, 2022
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