Jeff Toobin responds to Trump’s ‘grotesque’ demand for ‘long jail sentences’ for Russia probe investigators

President Donald Trump was up early Friday morning, accusing those who investigated him and his 2016 campaign for contact with Russia of having committed treason and suggesting that all of them should be put in prison:

The angry tweet comes just a day after U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the government to provide a transcript of a November 2017 voice mail message from Trump attorney John Dowd to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. According to court documents, Dowd reminded the Flynn of the president’s fondness for him. At the time,  Flynn was weighing whether or not he would cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, meaning that the voice mail could be evidence of obstruction of justice.

Minutes after Trump posted his “TREASON” tweet, CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin told hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota:

“Treason is a crime for which death is a potential penalty! It is so reckless and irresponsible to talk that way.”

Toobin added that while such a posting might not be illegal, it “is really a grotesque abuse of power.”

The president also got plenty of pushback on Twitter:

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