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 (R-KY) called for a repeal of the Espionage Act following the FBI's raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday.
The Kentucky Republican made the announcement in a tweet linking to an article from former Libertarian presidential candidate Jacob Hornberger, who argued that the Espionage Act has been abused and should be abolished.
"The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment," Paul tweeted.
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Liz Cheney says she's 'ashamed' her fellow Republicans are putting the lives of FBI agents at risk with their post-Mar-a-Lago raid attacks
"These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk," Cheney said of the intense criticism following the search."I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search," Cheney wrote on Twitter. "These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.
Paul has been a vocal critic of the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid, calling it "an attack on the rule of law" in an appearance on Fox News. Search warrant documents unsealed on Friday showed Trump is being investigated for a potential Espionage Act violation and possible obstruction of justice.
The Espionage Act was passed in June 1917, two months after the United States's entry into World War I. The act forbade the copying or relaying of information relating to national defense with the intention of causing injury to the U.S. or to benefit any foreign nation, according to the First Amendment Encyclopedia. It also forbade obstructing enlistment or causing insubordination in the armed forces. This included the military draft, which resulted in many charges against those opposing it.
A timeline of how the FBI came to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago as part of an Espionage Act probe
Here is a timeline of Trump's dealing with the National Archives, the Department of Justice and missing classified documents. Here is a timeline on the missing Trump papers and how the FBI came to search Mar-a-Lago. Have a tip? Please email us at [email protected] and [email protected] The FBI's search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida follows months of allegations that the former president mishandled government records, including reports of him ripping up documents and photos of notes with handwriting resembling his that he reportedly tried to flush down the toilet.
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In his article, Hornberger used the examples of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and dissenters against U.S. intervention in WWI to argue that the Espionage Act is a means for the government to shut down any and all criticism of its foreign policy. He argued that the act cannot be reconciled with the principles of a free society.
"The fact is that if the White Rose members had done the same thing they did in Germany here in the United States, U.S. officials would have gone after them with the same anger and vengeance as German officials did. And they would have used the Espionage Act to do it," he wrote, referencing the famous student resistance movement against Nazi Germany.
The search warrant unsealed on Friday afternoon cited 18 U.S. Code 793, which is part of the Espionage Act, that specifically refers to the “gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information.” If charged for that violation, Trump could face fines and up to 10 years in prison, according to the Espionage Act.
The far right is calling for civil war after the FBI raid on Trump's home. Experts say that fight wouldn't look like the last one.
"People's sense of the civil and civic ways of resolving disputes" is "out the window," Fiona Hill told Insider, warning of the potential for "civil conflict."Just a small crowd of supporters had gathered as of 2 p.m. Several people who said they were part of Club 45 — an independent Trump-supporting organization — said more people would assemble from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., after people were done working for the day. Traffic was becoming more backed up by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., about 60 people had gathered on the bridge.
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Liz Cheney says she's 'disgusted' the names of the Mar-a-Lago raid FBI agents were leaked and accused Republicans of 'dangerous hypocrisy' .
Liz Cheney said it was hypocritical for Republicans to say "back the blue" and then attack FBI agents "for doing their jobs" in the Mar-a-Lago raid.Prominent Republicans, including Trump, spent the past two weeks admonishing the FBI after the agency searched his Palm Beach, Florida, residence on August 8 and seized government documents. The FBI said it had received an "unprecedented" number of threats following the search.