Douglas Brinkley is a learned man, an esteemed, distinguished Historian. A credible source. Not to over-sell the man, but he has the credentials, he's no dummy, he knows his shit.
“Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind-boggling event.”
Right on Professor...
And just what is Treason? 1: the betrayal of a trust : treachery 2: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family.
If you are interested you can read Section 110 of Article III of the Constitution - "Treason Against the United States." To sum up, it's heavy-duty shit!
And what is the Punishment of Treason? "Under common law, punishment for treason generally included drawing, hanging, beheading, and quartering. As with other crimes carrying sentence of death, those adjudged guilty of treason and finally sentenced were considered attaint, or stained, meaning dead in the eyes of the law—even before execution."
"According to the Constitution, punishment can be set by Congress, but not to include corruption of blood or forfeiture extending beyond the offender's life."
Things are getting a bit heavy around here, don't you think?!