Politics: Rand Paul calls for repeal of Espionage Act amid DOJ investigation into Trump taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago

Feds were looking for classified documents about nuclear weapons during raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Washington Post reports

  Feds were looking for classified documents about nuclear weapons during raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Washington Post reports Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday he was moving to have the search warrant made available to the public. Garland confirmed he had personally signed off on the decision to seek a search warrant. People briefed on the documents the FBI was seeking told The New York Times they were so sensitive and important to national security that the Justice Department had no choice but to try and recover them.

Sen. Rand Paul in Washington, DC, on July 20, 2021. Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images © Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Sen. Rand Paul in Washington, DC, on July 20, 2021. Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images
  • Rand Paul, a Republican senator for Kentucky, called for the repeal of the Espionage Act on Saturday.
  • The Espionage Act of 1917 prohibited sharing information that could harm the US.
  • Following the Mar-a-Lago raid, the DOJ is investigating if Trump violated the Espionage Act.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky called for the repeal of the Espionage Act after it was revealed that the Justice Department is investigating if former President Donald Trump potentially violated the Act.

"The Espionage Act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI," tweeted Paul. "It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment."

Paul shared a link to a 2019 article by Jacob Hornberger, a former Libertarian presidential candidate and founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation, which called the Espionage Act a "tyrannical law."

Trump's ex-chief of staff said it's hard to understand how such highly classified documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago and that they are 'not accidentally moved anywhere'

  Trump's ex-chief of staff said it's hard to understand how such highly classified documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago and that they are 'not accidentally moved anywhere' "There's supposed to be folks tracking where they are," Mick Mulvaney said of classified documents reported as seized during the Mar-a-Lago raid.Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump's acting chief of staff from January 2019 to March 2020, appeared on CNN Friday to discuss the materials that were seized during the August 8 raid on Trump's Florida residence. According to court records, the FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents.

The Espionage Act of 1917 dates back to World War I. Insider reported it was introduced to prohibit sharing information that could harm the US or advantage foreign adversaries.

A key facet of the act — Section 793 — is concerned with "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," which relates to any document relating to national defense that "through gross negligence" was "illegally removed from its proper place of custody ... to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed."

Earlier this week, federal investigators took away numerous boxes of documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. According to an unsealed search warrant and an accompanying property receipt, the FBI seized 11 classified documents, including some marked top secret.

In a statement released Friday, Trump didn't deny a report by The Washington Post that said he took nuclear documents to Mar-a-Lago.

The DOJ is now investigating if Trump violated Section 793 of the Espionage Act and potentially broke two other laws, according to the warrant unsealed by the department on Friday.

A  conviction under the Espionage Act carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Charles Booker, a Democrat Senate candidate who will face Paul in the general election, described the call for the repeal of the act as "shameful."

"Rand Paul is now calling to repeal the Espionage Act after the world learned Donald Trump is under investigation for violating it," Booker tweeted on Saturday night. "When I am elected to the Senate, you will never have to question my loyalty to our country."

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Trump's ex-chief of staff said it's hard to understand how such highly classified documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago and that they are 'not accidentally moved anywhere' .
"There's supposed to be folks tracking where they are," Mick Mulvaney said of classified documents reported as seized during the Mar-a-Lago raid.Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump's acting chief of staff from January 2019 to March 2020, appeared on CNN Friday to discuss the materials that were seized during the August 8 raid on Trump's Florida residence. According to court records, the FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents.

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