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Republican rival William Weld calls Trump push for Ukraine smear of Biden ‘treason pure and simple’

2019-09-24

Republican presidential candidate William Weld said President Trump should be ousted for “treason” over his push to get Ukraine to help his reelection campaign by investigating Joe Biden.

“That’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple,” said Weld, a moderate former governor of Massachusetts.

The longshot GOP rival urged Congress to start impeachment proceedings against Trump over the call, which he called an invitation to foreign election interference.

"That's not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It's treason pure and simple." -- @GovBillWeld pic.twitter.com/h0stI2lojR

“We don’t have to worry about other high crimes and misdemeanors, although I think he’s committed many. He’s such a lawless man. We’ve got treason," Weld said in an appearance on MSNBC.

“It’s well past time for this guy … to be carted off to save us all,” Weld said.

Weld is one of just a handful of Republicans to openly express concern about the Ukraine smear try.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), an elder statesman and the GOP’s 2012 presidential candidate, said it would be “troubling in the extreme” if Trump sought foreign help for domestic political purposes.

Weld is one of three Republicans challenging Trump, along with ex-lawmakers Mark Sanford and Joe Walsh. Trump has wide support among GOP voters and some state parties have even cancelled their primary votes to protect him from opposition.