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Claire McCaskill: What say we prosecute Trump under the Logan Act for what he said about Russia?

Via Mediaite, what say we repeal the Logan Act instead? No one’s ever actually been prosecuted under it in 200 years. It exists, as far as I can tell, only so that the party in power can claim the opposition may have committed an honest-to-goodness federal crime by doing something provocative on foreign policy. It’s a way to accuse a political enemy of something like treason when their actions obviously don’t support a charge of treason. (The last time people started farting around about the Logan Act was when the Senate GOP sent a letter to Iran warning them that the Senate would have to approve Iran’s nuclear deal with Obama.) Here’s all you really need to know about the Logan Act: If we couldn’t use it to send Ted Kennedy to prison for asking the Soviets for help with the 1984 election, we shouldn’t use it, period.

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. …

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