No one is above the law. Not a sitting president. Not a former president. And certainly not Donald Trump.
We know too often the powerful are treated to a different set of rules. Presidents and other high level officials lie to start wars, authoritize torture, and spy on their own citizens with impunity. When it comes to the multiple allegations of criminal wrongdoing by Donald Trump, the American people need a full and transparent investigation.
Since Friday’s revelation that the Espionage Act was one of the basis for a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, the public has been subjected to heated rhetoric and wrongheaded analysis. Media commentators have misrepresented what the Act covers and the significance of its inclusion on a warrant. Others have gone so far as to equate calls to amend or repeal the law with disloyalty and treason.
Last night, DRAD Policy Director, Chip Gibbons, joined Keving Gosztola for a special live stream correcting this media misinformation. Kevin has covered the abuse of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and journalists for over a decade.
To be clear. Donald Trump is not a journalist. And he is not a whistleblower. But he is being investigated under a specific part of the Espionage Act that has been used against whistleblowers and journalists. For the media, politicians, and others to misrepresent what the statute covers or equate its critics with those who want to legalize espionage does a great disservice.