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.”
Watch the video, embedded in two parts, below:
‘Desperate’ Martha McSally blasted for shilling T-shirts in a ‘tone deaf’ attempt to capitalize on her ‘liberal hack’ outburst
In the wake of a deluge of media attention for her calling CNN Congressional reporter Manu Raju a "liberal hack," Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) decided to capitalize on the publicity and sell T-shirts with the phrase "You're a liberal hack, buddy" to raise funds for her election campaign. According to Laurie Roberts in an op-ed for the AZ Central this Monday, the move is both a fashion statement and political statement -- but ultimately it's a statement "of just how desperate Arizona’s unelected senator is to boost her treasury as she campaigns to hang onto the seat."
‘Can you imagine a group of black men walking around with masks and guns?’ Virginia rally sparks questions of racism and privilege
It’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for several hours now countless mostly white, mostly male pro-gun, anti-gun control activists have been marching throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia, claiming to merely be exercising their Second Amendment rights. Many appear to be dressed in military garb, including camouflage, masks, and donning various types of firearms over their shoulders or at their side.
Some Virginians have been so concerned about the possibility of violence that Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned guns from the capitol. His ban survived a state supreme court challenge. Some say the ban does not appear to have been enforced.
WATCH: Virginia gun rights activist trashes MSNBC reporter’s live shot by shouting F-bombs
A gun rights activist in Virginia went ballistic on Monday when he saw an MSNBC correspondent reporting from a Second Amendment rally.
NBC's Gabe Gutierrez was finishing up his live report at the Richmond demonstration when a man burst into the shot.
The man rattled off a string of profanities and capped it off with "f*ck you." Several security guards blocked the man from getting close to Gutierrez.
"Apologies for some of the background noise you just heard," MSNBC host Hallie Jackson said as the network cut the sound.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.