Rick Wilson: Trump is the ‘Literal Definition of Treason’
Never Trumper GOP operative blasts President
Anti-Trump GOP operative Rick Wilson has claimed that President Donald Trump is guilty of treason.
Wilson told left-wing editor Molly Jong-Fast, during the New Abnormal podcast by the Daily Beast, that people will "p**s" on Trump's grave forever after reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-connected militants to kill U.S. troops.
"The word traitor and the word treason in this country gets abused like crazy," Wilson said.
"It's true. But sometimes by you," Jong-Fast interjected.
"But in this case, it's not an abuse of the word," Wilson continued.
"He met the literal definition of treason," he stated.
"He gave aid and comfort to the enemy and abetted the enemy. He did not take action," Wilson added.
"It's not just treason. It's high treason. It's not just treason. It's historic treason."
Both the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported that a U.S intelligence assessment indicated that a Russian spy unit paid Taliban-connected militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops, even as Trump strived to reach a peace deal involving the Taliban and the Afghan government.
NewsThud reported that it was multiple intelligence streams that came back with the Russian bounty reporting, but that some of it was contradictory, which is why it never made it up the chain to Trump.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted the New York Times over recent anti-Trump reports.
During a press conference on Monday, McEnany blasted the NYT for its “absolutely irresponsible decision to falsely report that he [President Trump] was briefed on something that he, in fact, was not briefed on.”
"The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day, and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, national security adviser, and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence," she added.
The Department of Defense said on Tuesday that it had no corroborating evidence that bounties were offered by Russia to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops.
But Wilson believes that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama would have retaliated if they had been briefed.
"This is a guy who was already going down into the dustbin of history," Wilson said.
"And now there's going to be a line at his grave where they're going to have to throw cat litter down. Because people are gonna piss on it for all time," Wilson added.
"Wait, things got very dark," Jong-Fast said in surprise.
McEnany said that although the White House did not dispute the "alleged intelligence," they took issue with "the inaccuracy of the New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter."
The New York Times reported Trump had been briefed about the bounties in March.
The Associated Press reported that former national security adviser John Bolton briefed Trump on the matter in 2019.