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News Posted on January 20, 2017

Professor Larson Comments for Media on Trump and Treason

Professor Carlton Larson commented for media including Policy.Mic and Vox regarding claims that Donald Trump might be charged with treason if reports that his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election proved true.

Professor Larson is quoted in Vox explaining that there are two broad categories of treason charges: “aid and comfort” prosecutions, and “levying war” prosecutions, neither of which would be applicable.

“Russia is not an enemy because we’re not at war with Russia,” Larson told Policy.Mic. “Trump could turn over the nuclear codes to Russia and it wouldn’t be treason.”

Carlton Larson's research interests focus on constitutional law and legal history, with a strong emphasis on the 18th century.