By referring to the “Russian collusion” hoax as a “hoax,” President Trump committed a crime which carries the death penalty, a Democrat member of Congress bizarrely claims.
“Of course you had a very good conversation with Vladimir Putin – you referred to foreign interference in our election as the ‘Russian Hoax. Some might say that is treason,” Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan shrieked on Twitter, as the failure of the Mueller probe to imprison Trump sent increasingly unstable Democrats deeper into an insanity spiral.
Of course you had a very good conversation with Vladimir Putin – you referred to foreign interference in our election as the “Russian Hoax.”
Some might say that is treason. https://t.co/n4PyYIc9Fm
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 3, 2019
Under federal law, the penalties for treason include execution.
Also, under federal law, calling something a “hoax” does not even remotely meet the legal definition of treason. In the 243-year history of the United States, fewer than 30 people have ever been convicted of treason. None of them were convicted of treason for hurting someone’s feelings.
In March, Pocan “predicted” Trump would be found guilty of colluding in Russia, claiming he had “seen things” in “classified reports.”
“There are things that I know…just that I’ve read in classified reports that I’m sure will still come out that will continue to be damning evidence when it comes to this relationship between the Russians trying to influence our elections and ultimately I think the Trump campaign’s potential coordination on it,” Pocan is quoted as saying on the liberal conspiracy site Daily Kos.
When actual FBI agents, reviewing those classified documents, found no collusion, Pocan appears to have snapped.
Pocan’s Twitter breakdown came at the end of a week which saw some congressional Democrats demand the arrest of Attorney General William Barr for noting former FBI Director Mueller found no evidence Trump colluded with Russia.
Pocan’s criminal accusations against Trump are even more troublesome, given his own ethics problems and possible crimes.
He and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal submitted false financial disclosure forms that left out their board memberships of a dark money group in 2017, The Daily Caller reports.
“Under the Ethics in Government Act, if it’s a knowing and willful failure to disclose, then they’re subject to penalties both civil and criminal,” former National Republican Congressional Committee general counsel Jessica Furst Johnson, told The Daily Caller.
While math errors and minor oversights on financial disclosure forms are common, leaving out board memberships in dark money groups may be unprecedented, and is unlikely to be unintentional.
“Pocan and Jayapal, who was the first vice chair of the progressive caucus at the time, were two of the five elected members of Congress named as CPCC board members in the nonprofit’s 2017 990. A third, Minnesota attorney general and former Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, also omitted his membership on the CPCC board from his 2017 House financial disclosure,” The Daily Caller reports. “The remaining two board members, Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Barbara Lee of California reported their board positions. Grijalva was co-chair with Pocan in 2017.”
“Pocan said at a February town hall that the CPCC would be funding staffers to work for the progressive caucus, which experts previously told TheDCNF is a violation of congressional rules,” The Daily Caller notes.
“This whole scheme is a direct violation of federal law requiring Congress to utilize only appropriated funds for its operations,” political law attorney Cleta Mitchell tells The Daily Caller. “There are so many legal issues with this setup: violations of federal law, violations of House rules, and complete disregard of the rule of law.”