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WH Petition Accusing GOPers Behind Iran Letter of Treason Has Over 200K Signatures

Despite pushback from the non-right-wing media on the incredibly extreme idea of the 47 GOP senators who sent that open letter to Iran are guilty of treason, many are still on that warpath. In fact, the White House petition accusing them of such has over 200,000 signatures as of today.

The petition, created on Monday, accuses these Republicans of violating the Logan Act (which, if you’ve been following the news at all this week, you’ve heard about at least once). The Logan Act forbids unauthorized American citizens from “carr[ying] on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof.”

Some legal scholars (along with the writers of the pieces linked above) have disputed the idea of this applying to the Republican senators, but the petitioners actually go so far as to accuse the senators of a “treasonous offense.”

The petition reads, “This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.”

As of this posting, over 240,000 people have signed the petition. The threshold needed to warrant an official White House response is 100,000.

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