I’ve had to do a bit of homework on the distinction between treason and sedition. There does not seem to be a distinction clear enough to be sure whether the letter by 47 Senators to Iran is treason or sedition, though it looks as if they are guilty of the latter more than the former. But the distinction between the two is not as important is the fact that the letter is an unconstitutional betrayal of the United States.
The Constitution clearly gives to the President the power to make treaties with foreign nations, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Senate is not authorized to to deal with foreign nations directly. For US Senators to speak directly to foreign negotiators, calling upon them to treat the President as without authority, is clearly a violation of the Constitution as well as of good sense.
The Senators defense is that the President seems intent on making a treaty without the advice and consent of the Senate. That is a serious concern which hangs on the definition of the word “treaty.” If there is some sort of agreement between Iran and the six western nations involved in the negotiations, would it necessarily be considered a treaty? That seems a question that could only be decided by the courts. Either way, the President’s probable intention to ignore the Senate does not constitute a valid reason for the Senate to bypass the President and intervene directly in the matter.
Why would the President consider not referring any agreement to the Senate? The answer is simple enough: The Senate Republicans, now in a dominant position in the Senate, for the past seven years have lived by Mitch McConnell’s remark shortly after Barack Obama was first elected. He said the first priority of the Republicans would be to make Obama fail. they have been foolish and shameless in their opposition ever since, totally disregarding the will of the people who have twice voted Obama into office.
Since it is clear they are willing to carry their hatred of Obama even into foreign affairs, it is clear that the Senate would never consent to any treaty signed by him. They have abandoned their responsibility to the nation and cannot be entrusted with any responsibility in giving “advice and consent” in foreign matters. Having rejected the limits on their Constitutional authority, I believe they have forfeited the right to hold a national office in this country.