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      12-11-2008, 03:38 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by gonzo View Post
"He contacted the Governor" Axelrod.

"We, I, never contacted the Governor" Obama.

"I was mistaken" Axelrod.

Something stinks, big time.

Good ol' J. Jackson Jr. is just a lovely little bit too.

“They're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F--- them.” -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., as quoted in the criminal complaint filed against him.

“It is conduct that would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.” -- US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The Ill. governor just looks like he's full of shit.

He does apparently have his hair styled to resemble "The Donald".
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      12-13-2008, 03:09 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by ChrisFastM3 View Post
In an unlikely what if situation, if the guy sold Obama's seat to say someone in the communist party, would that be considered treason?
No, it would not be treason to sell to a member of the USA communist party.

For the sake of this hypothetical and ignoring reality, it would be treason to sell to a representative of the Chinese government (a quasi-communist) who you knew would use the position to spy on and attempt to overthrow the US government.

This situation doesn't lend itself to treason because there's virtually no practical way he could have done anything with the senate seat to aid a foreign country to the detriment of the USA. Compare the classic example of treason - selling government or military secrets/intel to a foreign power.
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Treason is mentioned five times in four Articles of the U.S. Constitution:
Article I, Section 6, Congressional immunity from arrest;
Article II, Section 4, removal from office;
Article III, Section 3, treason defined and conviction on testimony or confession, power to declare punishment for treason;
Article IV, Section 2, criminal flight.
Article II, Section 3 reads:
Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
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