Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has called for the repeal of the Espionage Act, which was cited in former President Donald Trump’s search warrant for a Mar-a-Lago club in south Florida.
“Spying was abused from the very beginning to imprison dissidents of World War I. It has been a long time since this grave humiliation of the First Amendment has been undone.” Mr. Paul tweeted Saturday night, including a link to the Future of Freedom Foundation.
Foundation President and Founder Jacob Hornberger served as the Liberal presidential candidate in 2000 and 2020.
He wrote on the foundation’s website on June 3, 2019 that the act was “absolutist law” and a “relic of World War I.”
The Justice Department filed a petition over the unsealed portions of the Mar-a-Lago subpoena on Thursday and Friday, documents revealing that Mr. his Florida home, violating the Espionage Act as well as other federal laws.
David Frum’s Atlantic tweeted: “One way to stop Trump from breaking the law is by repealing all the laws.”
“It’s odd that the first time Rand Paul tweeted about the Espionage Act, which he says has been abused for more than a century, was a day after it was revealed Trump was being investigated under that law. It is coincidence! “Twitter user Pe more. “Also, there are many sections in the Espionage Act. Some of it is certainly constitutionally questionable, but most involve only the handling of classified information and actual espionage.”
“The First Amendment does not give you a cover to sell government secrets or engage in coercion. Treason is not free speech. My God, this guy is a US Senator,” Clay Jones wrote.
“If Republicans take the House and Senate, Biden’s veto will be the only thing stopping them from literally legitimizing espionage against the United States,” former Obama official Brandon Friedman write on Twitter.
“This is where they are now, trying to repeal the laws that Trump broke. There is no bottom,” wrote Gary Whitta.