U.S. Code defining treason.

18 U.S. Code Section 2381

The time to impeach Trump has arrived. His trip to meet with Putin, their 2 hour+ private meeting, and the subsequent comments made by both leaders at their joint press conference all point to a simple fact: collusion between the two world leaders is occurring before us, and Trump has placed his relationship with Putin before the duties of the Office of the Presidency of the United States.

That constitutes treason.

Unlike his chaotic tweets, today in Helsinki, Finland, while standing with Putin on the podium, Donald Trump delivered a prepared speech. As he spoke, he glanced down often at his script. Yes – the speech had been written – he was clearly reading it – and Trump read his speech very well.

(If you’d like to read the speech, you can find a transcript on the VOX site.)

Here is a portion of the conclusion of his speech:

“President Putin, I want to thank you again for joining me for these important discussions and for advancing open dialogue between Russia and the United States. Our meeting carries on a long tradition of diplomacy between Russia, the United States for the greater good of all.

I highlighted a sentence of his speech in red because less than 24 hours ago, the president expressed an entirely different perspective of U.S.-Russia relations.

Trump tweet, 15 July 2018

Okay … Do we have a long history of diplomacy with Russia or not?

Following the speeches by Trump and Putin at the joint press conference, in response to a question asked by a reporter whether Russia had compromising information on Trump, Putin wandered around the topic and concluded by saying,

“Please disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again.”.

Jonathan Lemire, with the AP, asked the critical question of Trump:

“Just now President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did.

My first question for you, sir, is who do you believe? My second question is would you now with the whole world watching tell President Putin — would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?”

Trump also meandered around his reply, but finally said,

“My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia.

I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be …”

So, Trump’s answer to the asked question was “No.” He would not stand before the world and denounce the Russian interference in the 2016 election. No. He would not warn Putin that it should never happen again. He stood before the world and publicly announced that he was dismissing the work of the U.S. intelligence community because he’d rather be friends with Putin. He believes Putin.

The time to impeach him is now.