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News Posted on July 21, 2017

Professor Larson Cited on Treason by USA Today, Vox

Professor Carlton Larson is cited in recent articles appearing in USA Today and Vox regarding the potential for alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to result in treason charges.

Treason, Larson has explained, is defined in the U.S. Constitution as levying war against the United States or aiding a country the U.S. is at war with, and the U.S. is not at war with Russia. The USA Today article quotes from an op-ed Larson published in the Washington Post making this point.

"Russia is a strategic adversary whose interests are frequently at odds with those of the United States, but for purposes of treason law it is no different than Canada or France or even the American Red Cross," wrote Larson. "The details of the alleged connections between Russia and Trump officials are therefore irrelevant to treason law."

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