Presidential historian and former director of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library Timothy Naftali told CNN’s Ana Cabrera on Saturday that if allegations that President Donald Trump collaborated with Russia to skew the 2016 election are true, then Trump could credibly be charged with treason.
“There’s no precedent for a set of indictments regarding a foreign intervention in one of our elections,” Naftali said, regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians on charges of interfering with the 2016 election. “So we’re in uncharted waters anyway.”
Naftali went on to say that the charges laid out by Mueller constitute a clear attempt to usurp the democratic process of the United States. It’s a matter, he said, of public record.
“That means that any attempt by an American citizen right now, whoever it is, to undermine the Mueller investigation, you have to interpret as a way to help Russia,” Naftali said.
The Mueller investigation, he said, is tasked with finding out why Russia preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, who was involved with the plot to help Trump win and to what extent the outcome of the election was affected.
“Anybody who tries to intervene in that process is making it harder for our country to defend itself against Russia,” explained Naftali. “That’s why the issue of treason arises. It’s a game-changer.”
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"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
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While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
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