February 16, 2018

New ABA Fact Check explores treason as a legal matter and its history

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 — In recent months, the term “treason” has been bandied about, from President Trump using it to assess the reaction of Democratic lawmakers at his first State of the Union address to Democratic politicians and others who invoked it when referring to reported conversations between the president’s son, Donald Jr., and a Russian lawyer during the summer of 2016.

But as a legal matter, treason has a very specific meaning under Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. A new ABA Legal Fact Check posted today explores why the framers of the Constitution set strict limits on what constitutes the criminal charge of treason and highlights key treason cases that have gone before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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