logan act

The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953, enacted January 30, 1799 (1799-01-30)) is a United States federal law that details the fine and/or imprisonment of unauthorized citizens who negotiate with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. It was intended to prevent the undermining of the government's position. The Act was passed following George Logan's unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798, and was signed into law by President John Adams on January 30, 1799. The Act was last amended in 1994, and violation of the Logan Act is a felony. To date, only two people have ever been indicted for violating the Act's provisions. However, no person has ever been prosecuted for alleged violations of the Act. Wikipedia
Washington Post Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:03

Inside Trump’s legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller’s ‘killers’

Every move and utterance by President Trump’s lawyers in the Russia probe has been scrutinized.
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New York Magazine Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:06

Report Suggests President Trump Told Michael Flynn to Lie to the FBI

For the first time, we have a clear line of sight to a potential act of undeniable illegality by President Trump.
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Reason Magazine Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:22

The FBI Is No Friend of Liberty and Justice

Be immediately suspicious whenever someone is charged with or pleads guilty to lying to the FBI without any underlying crime being charged.
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Washington Post Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:15

Inside the day that set in motion Michael Flynn’s guilty plea

It was Dec. 29, 2016, and President Obama had just imposed sanctions against Russia for that country’s alleged interference in the election. A crucial chain of events unspooled over the day, according to court filings, congressional documents and people familiar with the interactions.
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The New York Times Tue, 12/05/2017 - 05:01

Opinion | Yes, the President Can Obstruct Justice

The Editorial Board writes The New York Times Opinion Section: "You know you have a problem when you’ve been president for less than 11 months and you’re already relying on Richard Nixon’s definition of what’s legal."
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The New York Times Tue, 12/05/2017 - 03:02

Opinion | Don’t Prosecute Trump. Impeach Him.

From The New York Times Opinion Section: "Congress shouldn't wait on a special counsel to perform its most fundamental constitutional duty of investigating and, if necessary, removing a corrupt president," John Yoo and Saikrishna Prakash write.
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Reason Magazine Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:46

The Logan Act Is Awful, and No, It’s Not Going to Take Down Trump's Administration

The Logan Act is bad enough to be described as "one of the dumber federal laws."
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The New York Times Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:19

Opinion | Why the Trump Team Should Fear the Logan Act

From The New York Times Opinion Section: If Michael Flynn violated the Logan Act, then so did the “very senior” official who directed his actions.
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