“If this had happened during the Cold War, it would be cut, dry, and treason.”
Andrew Endymion

Well there we go — an evidence-based answer with sound reason. I absolutely stand corrected.

I will counter that seeking information from Russia in particular is unique and not within the normal spectrum of American politics. If you have another example of a politician seeking dirt from what the Pentagon calls a“near peer”, I’m all ears.

I would also counter that the objection to Putin is not that he is “bad” from some ill-defined moral compass, but that he represents a direct threat to American strategic interests, especially in his military adventures in Ukraine, a country that was exploring NATO membership, and his cyber wars on Estonia, a NATO ally. Good or bad in the absolute sense, those actions are *bad* for the United States, which would be much better off with all major countries in Europe inside of NATO.