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WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2018 — The American Bar Association posted today an updated ABA Legal Fact Check on treason that explores what constitutes the act in the legal context and explains that recent statements by President Donald Trump and others don’t meet the legal standard for treason.
As a legal matter, treason has a very specific meaning under Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. Treason is the betrayal of the U.S. by waging war against it or by consciously acting to aid the nation’s enemies. It can only be invoked, as a criminal charge, against an individual with ties to the U.S., in a time of war and when at least two witnesses can testify to an “overt act.”
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