Senator Tom Cotton met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss their opposition to the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Cotton has been one of the most outspoken critics of the agreement, and signaled that he will side with Netanyahu over Obama on this issue.

While that may seem innocuous enough, this statement can actually be considered treason under U.S. law. Here’s what U.S. Code Chapter 115 has to say about treasonous acts, specifically rebellion and insurrection:

“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

By Cotton’s own admission, he is attempting to undermine the authority of the United States, so the question is not whether or not he is committing treason, but why no one is willing to call him on it.

And that’s just from what happened this week. Let’s not forget about the fact that the man led a Senatorial insurrection against the president with his fellow Republicans when they sent a letter to Iran letting them know that they would not honor this deal if they ever win back the White House.

This kind of behavior from Republicans is absolutely unacceptable. A skilled prosecutor needs to step forward and charge Cotton with treason so that, at the very least, we can prevent him from ever holding an elected position in this country again. Because if we don’t, then I wouldn’t be surprised to either see Cotton’s name as a Vice President on the 2016 ticket, and he’ll almost certainly be running for president in 2020 if he isn’t stopped.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced