Treason, High Crimes and Misdemeanors

I watched “Meet the Press” this morning, May 28, 2017, as I have done for decades.

The top story was President Trump’s son in law and White House Presidential adviser and employee Jared Kushner trying to set up “back channel” communications and use Russian classified government communications systems to avoid United States government detection and monitoring.

For the first time, I heard the word “treason” and “espionage” used more than once, not only on the attempted backdoor channel set up but as well as the leaking and release of classified information to the Russians and other enemies of our country.

The Russian intervention with our elections was also discussed.

The big question is did President Trump instruct his son-in-law, his presidential or campaign staff to commit treason against his own country to get elected and promote his own financial self interests?

As someone who has read and studied our US Constitution, I always thought it was peculiar that our Founding Fathers would put “treason” as grounds for impeachment of a President, thinking that no duly elected President of the United States would ever commit treason against his own country, now I understand and know why it was put there.

I cannot help but feel that what is beginning to unfold in this country is the impeachment of a sitting President of the United States for treason for the first time in its history.

What also hit home is the fact that tomorrow is Memorial Day when we remember so many who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and our freedoms we cherish.

These are very difficult times for our country.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.