Sedition? Coup d’etat? Take your pick
Recent exhortations by individuals and organizations, such as Antifa, urging physical violence against President Trump could bring charges under Title 18, USC, Section 2384, the statute that criminalizes Sedition. Conviction can mean 20 years in prison. Sedition is defined as an effort to undermine existing authority.
The authority on presidential elections is the Electoral College. As we know, anti-Trumpers contacted members of the Electoral College, begging them not to vote for Candidate Trump; however, the anti-Trump activists were unsuccessful. The vote tally remained at 306 for Donald J. Trump, and 232 for Hillary Clinton.
The failure to undermine the Electoral College was not the beginning of the efforts to undermine a duly-elected government. Undermining efforts began shortly after Election Day, November 8, 2016, when anti-Trump officials of the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, the Director of Intelligence (DNI), and the CIA began electronic surveillance of the Trump Transition Team located in New York City’s Trump Tower.
President-elect Trump was unaware of the electronic surveillance until November 17, 2016, when Admiral Mike Rogers, the then head of the National Security Agency (NSA) went to Trump Tower and told President-elect Trump that the Trump Transition Team was under electronic surveillance. That evening, the Trump Transition Team moved to Bedminster, NJ.
The next effort to undermine the duly-elect President was the thoroughly debunked Russian Collusion Hoax which was founded on a false document -- the Steele Dossier -- which was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The current effort to undermine the duly-elected President Trump is based on a phone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during which President Trump asked for President Zelensky’s help in uncovering the origins of the Russian Collusion Hoax. He also asked Zelensky to look into reports that former Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian officials that the quid pro quo to receive a billion dollars in U.S. foreign aid was the firing of the prosecutor [Viktor Shokin] who was investigating corruption in Bursima Holdings.
Hunter Biden was a board member of Bursima Holdings, the Ukrainian oil and gas company. The Trump-Zelensky transcript is online for all to read. The video of former VP Biden bragging to the Council on Foreign Relations about how he forced the firing of Prosecutor Shokin is also online.
Based on President Trump’s requests of the Ukrainian President, Speaker Pelosi started an impeachment "inquiry." If Pelosi can round up 218 votes, President Trump will be impeached. But in order to obtain the two-thirds majority needed for "conviction" by the U.S. Senate, 20 of 52 Senate Republicans would have to vote to "convict." How likely is that?
Moreover, an Impeachment Trial would give Senate Republicans the power to subpoena and question, under oath, witnesses such as former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and others who may have been involved in an attempted coup d’état. Is Speaker Pelosi willing to put fellow Democrats at risk?
Meanwhile, dozens of former DOJ, DNI, FBI, and CIA officials are already under investigation for alleged criminal wrongdoing with regard to the origins of the Russian Collusion Hoax and other attempts to undermine the Trump Administration. Sedition? Coup d’état? You decide.
©2019. William Hamilton.
William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Dr. Hamilton is the author of Formula for Failure in Vietnam: The Folly of Limited Warfare, McFarland Books, (2019). For pre-publication orders: Toll free: (800) 253-2187 "Central View," can also be seen at: www.central-view.com.