“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,” tweeted Paul:
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.
Repeal the Espionage Act – The Future of Freedom Foundation https://t.co/3KCgujpS9z
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 13, 2022
His tweet featured a photo of a young Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who leaked a trove of Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party emails — with the help of Russian intelligence — shortly before the 2016 election, which was then won by Trump. (Trump offered to pardon Assange if he denied Kremlin help with the leak, Assange’s lawyer said in 2020 in a London court.)
Twitter critics were amused by Paul’s strategy of exonerating someone like Trump by simply eliminating the law they’re suspected of breaking, especially given that Trump himself signed a law in 2018 making it a felony to mishandle classified documents.
FBI agents last Monday collected around 20 boxes of items from Mar-a-Lago, including 11 sets of classified information, according to the search warrant. The material was supposed to go to the National Archives when he left office.
The former president is now being investigated for possibly violating the Espionage Act, obstruction and removing or destroying records.
LOL. What a surprise. Trump violates the Espionage Act and Rand’s response is to repeal it.
— Stripe (@Justme10000000) August 13, 2022
I guess I missed him making this recommendation for Reality Winner & Ed Snowden, ????
— Mary:🧡A Republic, if we can keep it.Ben Franklin (@sicommuter58) August 13, 2022
You really will follow him all the way off the cliff.
— CAMPBIZZLE (@happycrazytown) August 13, 2022
Exactly they certainly have failed. pic.twitter.com/Ulm85NjNM4
— KY R.N. Votes Blue😷🦋🌊 (@changemustcome7) August 14, 2022
Who you working for homie??
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 13, 2022
— 🍀🇺🇸 🇺🇦 🍀🌻 Hoo & Charlie 🌈 CharlieBrands © (@MaskandVote) August 13, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.