While there are plenty of Americans who outright despise of President Donald Trump and much of his administration, very few likely feel that if these individuals are found guilty of crimes against America, that they should be put to death. However, a bombshell report by author, journalist, and former British MP Louise Mensch may suddenly make this discussion topic relevant.
In a tweet this morning, Mensch wrote, “My sources say the death penalty, for espionage, being considered for @StevenKBannon. I am pro-life and take no pleasure in reporting this.”
Mensch also added in her twitter thread: “Bannon coordinated the Russian attack on America since 2010…. [The death penalty is also] being considered for others. Guiliani begged for a deal and was told to pound sand. He sang completely for ‘consideration’ at sentencing. And this is not about mere alt right. Since 2010 @genflynn and @sebgorka have been agents of the Russian state with @stevenkbannon”
Louise Mensch has posted controversial tweets in the past which she claims knowledge of certain Trump investigation matters based on anonymous sources. For the most part, her “anonymous sources” have proven to be quite accurate, so it’s very hard to discredit her latest claim. However, if U.S. prosecutors do actually pursue the death penalty for anyone involved in espionage related to President Donald Trump and the campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government, they will have their work cut out for them.
The U.S. federal government criminal justice system does allow for capital punishment to be handed down in cases of espionage and treason. However, with this said, the last time that the U.S. has handed down the death penalty for individuals convicted of espionage was in the 1950s when Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for transmitting nuclear weapon designs to the Soviet Union.
In recent history, if we go back to January of 2003, prosecutors sought the death penalty for convicted spy Brian Patrick Regan, but the jury declined handing the penalty down in favor of life in prison.
If Mensch’s sources are legitimate, then one has to wonder how many other individuals could be under consideration for such penalties as well, if convicted. While prosecutors may seek the death penalty if it is found that anyone within the Trump administration took part in espionage or treason, more than likely a judge and/or jury would not hand down such a sentence, but then again, we can’t say for sure until everything plays out (if it actually does).