After Trump Jr. hid the meeting with the Russian lawyer, then acknowledged it, then had a rolling list of lies about the purpose of it, then was forced to release emails about the meeting that proved not only him but the entire Trump camp to be liars, he gave an interview to the Trumps' favorite state propaganda machine, Fox News. Was it worse than a crime? No one should look at the Trump team's obviously false denials of meeting with, dealing with and working with Russians and find nothing to worry about. Being an informed, engaged citizen demands that you remain aware of what the country's so-called leader is thinking and doing. "It was automatic, with his wife and his family".
Releasing the e-mail chain added even more fuel to the fire.
Indeed, Kushner and Manafort could be in legal jeopardy, too. It was titled "The Great Manipulator" - a nod to media coverage that suggested Bannon wielded considerable influence over the president and his White House. That consequence is aggravated by the fact that Trump Sr. has shown himself absolutely clueless about how government operates.
The conference came after a meeting in which Trump and Macron discussed a range of issues, including strengthening security cooperation and trade. The two foreign sorties Trump has so far done demonstrate the extent to which the US has lost leadership in world affairs because of the new president's policies.
Trump Jr. did not apologize for the meeting, but acknowledged that, in hindsight, he may have made different choices.
Trump even bragged during a speech at the CIA headquarters in January about his cover count: "I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine".
After the last terrorist is killed or captured, the work will just be beginning.
Using the word "treason" can be a fraught affair.
And take comfort in this eternal truth: For all things, there comes an end.
Subsequent interpretations, by James Madison in the Federalist Papers and Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1807 Supreme Court opinion, have connected treason only to the "levying of war" or the use of force to overthrow the established institutions of government.
Solomon Jones is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And that's why I say, why would he want me?" They believe that they exist in a space above the law and outside the rules.
Indeed, many were subsequently pardoned or had their sentences commuted. "But, really, it went nowhere, and it was apparent this was not what the meeting was actually about".
"We need dialogue with everybody", the president said. Although his co-conspirator was executed, Arnold escaped to Britain.
A more modern example was Iva Toguri D'Aquino, an American citizen dubbed "Tokyo Rose" by American servicemen in the Pacific during World War II. Stuck in Japan at the time of Pearl Harbor, and under pressure, she refused to renounce her U.S. citizenship but participated in propaganda broadcasts aimed at Allied servicemen.
Nor are there foreign policy triumphs waiting down the road to offset the domestic policy chaos pervading Trump's Washington. "Again, this was before the Russia mania". It read: "Ermin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday". In his prepared statement, Comey described a meeting where President Trump had talked to him about disgraced former National Security Agency Director Michael Flynn.