I have read several comments in the past few days stating that Donald Trump, as President of the United States, has a duty to defend the United States from invasion, and that his refusal to take any action regarding Russia’s past and ongoing cyber invasion of the nation is a failure to do his duty.
He is a failure in every way, but under our Constitution repelling invasions is not his duty.
In Article I of the United States Constitution, in Section 8, which specifies responsibilities of Congress, the 15th paragraph reads as follows:
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
This is the only reference in the Constitution to enforcing the laws by force of arms, to suppressing insurrections, and to repelling invasions.
Repelling invasions is a clear Congressional responsibility.
The Congress, if they were to honor their Oath of Office and obey their Constitutional direction, would be passing legislation to deal with the Russian invasion.
- They would address Russian hacking
- They would address the public dissemination of hacked materials
- They would address the security of voting which, although a State task, is done under the auspices of the Constitution.
These are bare minimum actions which Congress would take. There are undoubtedly more which, if Congress were faithful, they would feel necessary.
Every intelligence organization in the United States has specifically told Congress that we have been invaded.
Virtually every intelligence organization among our allies in the Western world agrees. Many have said to publicly.
The 115th Congress is acting in complete, total, and unceasing disregard for their Oath of Office. The United States Constitution is not, as of this date, in operation by any measure.