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KrisAnne Hall: A Legal, Principled and Constitutional Analysis of the NYT Anonymous Op-Ed

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The cry of treason is unsubstantiated at this time and the claim of sedition is not applicable in regard to the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed.

As of this moment, there is no proof that the writer of this piece is actually on the Trump staff. There is no proof that this letter is even written by anyone in government.

This could be nothing more than more #FakeNews; a real “War of the Worlds” hit piece.

Treason is defined in the Constitution in Article 3, Section 3:

“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.”

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In the Op-Ed, there is no evidence of an overt act of obstruction of any actual policy or action of the president, aid and comfort to the enemy, or war against these United States. There are only accusations against Trump’s personality and leadership styles.

Disliking the president’s personality is not treason. If you are an employee of the president and you write about how much you dislike his personality, that is insubordination, not treason.

However, yes, you should expect to be investigated and if necessary, fired. In the same respect, if you don’t like your boss, find a new job.

Making negative statements about the president’s personality is not sedition. That is a history we already lived in the John Adams administration when Adams convinced Congress to pass sedition laws to punish those who spoke out against him or the government. As a result of this unconstitutional law, several politicians and journalists were fined or imprisoned.

Do you think the writer of the anonymous Op-Ed should come forward?

Upon becoming president, Thomas Jefferson pardoned all those serving sentences under this act. You see, this is not a history we need to repeat, it is a lesson we should have already learned.

There is no legal cause at this time for treason or sedition, and to cry for either is not based upon fact or law, but upon reactionary emotions and party politics.

Our Constitutional Republic was formed to guard against the impact of emotional reactions and zealous party esprit de corps by creating a standard that is designed to protect liberty over the pride or feelings of any person in government.

James Madison gave this instruction in Federalist No. 43:

“As treason may be committed against the United States, the authority of the United States ought to be enabled to punish it. But as new-fangled and artificial treasons, have been the great engines, by which violent factions, the natural offspring of free Governments, have usually wrecked their alternate malignity on each other, the Convention have with great judgment opposed a barrier to this peculiar danger, by inserting a constitutional definition of the crime, fixing the proof necessary for conviction of it, and restraining the congress, even in punishing it, from extending the consequences of guilt beyond the person of its author.”

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These principles of liberty are essential to maintaining a limited government, yet they hold a very delicate nature. People in public office and politics will always be held to a higher level scrutiny, as they should be.

Those who choose to be in public office and politics must have a thicker skin and accept this scrutiny as a part of their choice of employment. Americans must hold the principles of liberty more dear than their feelings for those in public office and politics.

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KrisAnne Hall is the most sought-after national speaker on the Constitution, averaging over 250 events in nearly 22 states every year for five years straight. She has written six books on American history and the U.S. Constitution and is now a professor at River University School of Government.
KrisAnne Hall received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Blackburn College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida college of law. She served in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence cryptologic linguist and was a prosecutor for the state of Florida for nearly a decade. KrisAnne also worked with a prominent national First Amendment law firm where she traveled the country defending Americans whose rights were violated by unlawful arrests and prosecutions.

KrisAnne is the most sought-after national speaker on the Constitution, averaging over 250 events in nearly 22 states every year for five years straight. She has written six books on American history and the U.S. Constitution and is now a professor at River University School of Government.
KrisAnne is a regular consultant on the Constitution for numerous radio, podcast and television programs. She has been seen on i24 News, Law & Crime, NewsMax and Fox News; she has been interviewed by C-SPAN In Depth; and her books and classes have been featured on C-SPAN Book-tv. KrisAnne has had a nationally popular radio show for over six years that is carried both on terrestrial and internet stations.

KrisAnne lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband, JC Hall, and their adopted son Colton. She can be found at