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Barr: Trump Doesn't Mean Obama, Biden Literally Committed Treason

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Attorney General Bill Barr (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 04 September 2020 10:54 AM EDT

Attorney General Bill Barr said President Donald Trump's use of the word "treason" regarding political opponents should not be taken literally.

Barr made his comments on Wednesday during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

The CNN host asked Barr: "Is it appropriate, though for the sitting president to be accusing his predecessor, President [Barack] Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden of committing treason?"

Barr replied: "Well, treason is a legal term. I think he is using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice and if he feels that, he can say it."

ABC News noted that Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution states that the legal standard for convicting a person of treason "shall consist only in levying war against [the U.S.], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

It noted Trump has increasingly used the word "treason" to link the launch of the Russia investigation to both Obama and Biden.

"We caught President Obama and Sleepy Joe spying on our campaign," Trump told reporters last month. "That's treason. That's illegal. These people should take them and do something with them."

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Attorney General Bill Barr said President Donald Trump's use of the word "treason" regarding political opponents should not be taken literally. Barr made his comments on Wednesday during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The CNN host asked Barr: "Is it appropriate, though...
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