Kamala Harris Says She Would Not Execute Someone for Committing Treason Against the United States

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 15, 2019 | 3:06 PM EDT

Sen. Kamala Harris (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

(CNSNews.com) - In an interview broadcast yesterday by National Public Radio, Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) said that she would not impose the death penalty on someone who committed treason against the United States.

Harris takes the position that the death penalty should never be used as punishment for any crime.

In the interview, which aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep had the following exchange with Harris:

Inskeep: California’s current governor, Gavin Newsom, has this week, as I am sure you know, announced a moratorium on the death penalty in California. Is there a federal equivalent that you would do? Federal executions, of course, are quite rare. But there’s a federal death penalty.

Harris: Yes, I think that there should be.

Inskeep: A moratorium, an end?

Harris: Yes. I do, I do believe that.

Inskeep: No one would be executed?

Harris: Correct.

Inskeep: If you were president of the United States?

Harris: Correct.

Inskeep: For any crime?

Harris: Correct.

Inskeep: Not even, I don't know, treason.

Harris: Not in the United States, no.

Inskeep: There’s nothing that rises to that level?

Harris: Not in the United States, no.

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