Former Florida GOP Rep. Alan West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, dropped a bombshell and said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi committed «treason» and should be removed from her position for what she did.
West published a piece on his website detailing how Pelosi provided «advice» to illegal aliens last week on how to avoid being captured and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
— Allen West (@AllenWest) July 12, 2019
West is referencing the «High crimes and misdemeanors» provision of the U.S. Constitution, which is a classification of offense under Article II, Sect. 4.
According to Jon Roland of the Constitution Society, high crimes refer “to those punishable offenses that only apply to high persons, that is, to public officials, those who, because of their official status, are under special obligations that ordinary persons are not under, and which could not be meaningfully applied or justly punished if committed by ordinary persons.”
Jeffrey A. Engel, director of the Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History, explains it another way: “A high crime is an affront to the state, to the people, the body politic.”
It’s unlikely Pelosi will face any consequences for her actions, but West calling for her to be removed from her position is a big deal.