With all the news which happens in the course of a week in this big country—Supreme Court nominations, hurricanes, etc.—it should come as no surprise that the anonymous “senior administration official” letter to the New York Times has been moved to the back burner of our attention.
It will come back to the forefront, however, especially when the day comes that the identity of the writer is determined. The question is this: When that day comes, should the writer face any legal repercussions?
Chris Farrell, director of investigations and research for Judicial Watch, is among those people who believe he or she should.
In a recent column, Farrell said he is basing his belief on Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 115—“Treason, Sedition and Subversive Activities.” Farrell said “the resister,” as he is calling the letter writer, wrote that “our first duty is to this country....”
“That sort of thinking and language is usually reserved for the well-intentioned but ill-informed,” Farrell said. “In the context of an anonymous New York Times op-ed, the resister is naïvely arrogant and self-righteous as well as cowardly. The oath that senior government officials and commissioned officers in the military take is to the Constitution. This is an important point. The oath includes specific language, swearing: ‘I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ The resister does not understand his or her duty. He or she does not want to do so....”
Farrell added, “The resister explicitly brags about deliberately undermining and defying the president on foreign policy decisions concerning hostile foreign powers” which is the definition of treason. He further reminds people that “seditious conspiracy” is defined by people who try to “prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.”
“The resister arguably faces 20 years imprisonment for each count of his or her malicious campaign against the Constitution and the chief executive, as defined under Article II,” Farrell said.
President Donald Trump has often talked about “draining the swamp.” It appears that swamp remains all around him. —Mark Sherry