‘Abused from the start’: Rand Paul calls for repeal of espionage law

according to a search warrant After the FBI seized materials from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, the Justice Department is investigating the former President for possible violations of the Espionage Act.

The Espionage Act of 1917 was used to prosecute the most notorious spies in US history, including Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames, both of whom are on duty life sentences for spying for Soviet and Russian intelligence while working for the FBI and CIA.

The Espionage Act has long been criticized for its perceived over-aggressiveness – particularly towards journalists and whistleblowers. In an interview with Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, journalist Chip Gibbons noticed that it was “nearly impossible, if not impossible, to defend against charges under the Espionage Act”.

Now a sitting senator has called for the complete repeal of the Espionage Act. In a tweet Saturday night, Senator Rand Paul stated: “The Espionage Act was abused from the start to imprison World War I dissidents. It is high time to repeal this egregious affront to the First Amendment.”

Paul included a link to a Article 2019 by Jacob Hornberger, a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate and founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation. The article called the Espionage Act a “tyrannical law.” Hornberger wrote about the appeal of the Espionage Act in response to the criminal charges against Julian Assange.

Paul initially opposed Trump during the 2016 Republican primary and questioned several of Trump’s moves as president – in response to the April 2017 US missile attack in Syria, Paul specified, “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States has not been attacked.” However, Paul was also a vocal supporter by President Trump against Trump’s loudest critics.

Paul was also one of the leading proponents of prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information during her tenure as Secretary of State. In July 2016 Paul written down“The FBI has clearly demonstrated that Clinton violated secret procedures and recklessly and recklessly endangered national security — repeatedly, over 100 times.”

Paul has yet to introduce legislation to repeal the Espionage Act. If he proposes such a bill, he is not expected to receive the votes needed for Congress to pass it.

The Espionage Act provision under which Trump is being investigated carries a maximum ten years prison sentence.

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Laura Coffey

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