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The Espionage Act of 1917 has never been used against a former president, vice president, or even a cabinet secretary — until last week.
According to Mark Levin, the 106-year-old law was never intended to be used the way it suddenly has been: to criminalize document cases.
“Whether the documents are classified or not, it doesn’t matter who created them. They’re in the possession of the White House, the president, his staff,” Levin says.
“The Presidential Records Acts, which was passed in 1978 and instituted effectively in 1981,” Levin continues, “has no criminal penalty. So, you can’t start with a Presidential Records Act and all of a sudden say, ‘Okay, let’s move to the Espionage Act.’”
Levin notes that the Espionage Act wasn’t even used against Lyndon B. Johnson, who had directed his staff to remove top secret information involving the Vietnam War and illegally tapped Nixon’s phone.
“Nobody even thought about charging anybody with the Espionage Act,” he says.
Levin believes that Hillary Clinton would have been much worthier of charges based on the Espionage Act than former president Trump.
“They never investigated her for obstruction. Never investigated her for perjury even though there are existing subpoenas from the house oversight committee,” he adds.
Levin is sure that Trump is being treated unfairly in comparison, and it’s all political.
“They treat Trump one way and Biden another,” he says.
Bank records have shown that the Biden family and friends have received over $10 million from foreign nationals and their companies, and even more information has implicated the Biden family in a bribery scheme with Ukrainian company Burisma.
Levin has noticed that no one seems to care.
“And yet, Donald Trump is investigated criminally, and the attorney general, Merrick Garland, won’t even appoint a special counsel despite all those predicates that are pouring out of every orifice of the Department of Justice,” Levin says.
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