On Sunday, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with host Martha Raddatz. During their exchange, Raddatz asked Cheney about the partisan fighting between Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Trump.
RADDATZ: What’s your reaction to this back and forth?
CHENEY: You know, what I see every day – I’m obviously in the House of Representatives, and what I see every day is a speaker of the House who is increasingly losing her grip on the leadership of her conference. And I think you’ve seen her being increasingly strident. You’re seeing her lashing out. And you’re looking at the Democrats who had put all their eggs in the basket of the Mueller report hoping that it would provide them evidence they needed to move to impeachment. It didn’t.
But so now what they’re doing is basically taking all the oxygen out of the room, refusing to do any of the things we were elected to do and instead continuing these attacks and partisan investigations, partisan issuance of subpoenas.
RADDATZ: And the president attacks back. Is that the right thing to do?
CHENEY: Look, I think that, you know, what we have seen. … I think what is crucially important to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page, who were in charge of launching this investigation, and they were saying things like we must stop this president. We need an insurance policy against this president. That, in my view, when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup. And it could well be treason. And I think that we need to know more. We need to know what was Jim Comey’s role in all this? These people reported to him. Andy McCabe, reported to him. What was Comey’s role in that? And that is what the attorney general is going to be focused on and should be.
Near the end of the segment, Cheney reiterated:
Think about what happened. Think about the fact that we had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a duly elected president of the United States, saying they needed an insurance policy against him. That is something that simply cannot happen.
We have to have confidence in our law enforcement. And the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that those people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way.
As defined by Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.”
Despite what one may think about the behavior of Strzok and Page, it is not treason as defined by the Constitution.
Over the last several years, politicians and political commentators have been using the word “treason” with increased frequency. The casual usage of a word that describes a very specific and severe crime can only lead to the erosion and corruption of the word’s true meaning in the minds of the American people.
Treason is a serious crime as defined by the constitution, and to claim on a national platform that anyone has committed it without evidence to back up such a claim is wildly imprudent.