President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that a whistleblower who filed a complaint against him is “almost a spy” who may have committed treason, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times both reported.
The punishment for treason is the death penalty.
The complaint centers around a phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump pressured Zelensky to work with Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and discredit the Russia probe.
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said.
“You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now,” the president added.
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