The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a New Hampshire state representative and Donald Trump adviser who said Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason.
“Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,”Al Baldasaro, a Republican from Londonderry, N.H., said Tuesday on the Kuhner Report, a conservative radio show in Boston.
Baldasaro, a veteran, has called himself an adviser to Trump on veterans issues, the Washington Post reported. He also defended Trump in May over questions about his promise to donate $1 million to veterans organizations.
“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation,” said Nicole Mainor, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, according to thePost.
Baldasaro doubled down on the “treason” comment in interviews on Wednesday, arguing that Clinton endangered Americans as Secretary of State with her use of a private email server and with her response to the 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. The FBI recommended earlier this month that Clinton not face criminal charges over her use of the email server.
“As far as I’m concerned, it is treason and the penalty for treason is the firing squad — or maybe it’s the electric chair now,” Baldasaro said in an interview with WMUR, a station in Manchester, N.H.
“Anyone that commits treason should be shot,” he told The Daily Beast. “I believe Hillary Clinton committed treason. She put people in danger. When people take confidential material off a server, you’re sharing information with the enemy. That’s treason.”
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, said in a statement reported by the Post that, “Mr. Trump and the campaign do not agree” that Clinton should be executed.