On Monday Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) grilled FBI Director James Comey about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
But Gowdy was less concerned with whether or not President Donald Trump was compromised by a foreign power and more concerned with whether or not the government can jail journalists for reporting on it.
“Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?” Gowdy asked Comey, referring to United States law that prohibits leaking classified information.
There is, in fact, an exception in the law for journalists who publish classified information, found in the First Amendment, which expressly prohibits any action abridging freedom of the press.
Comey declined to answer Gowdy’s loaded question. Read more (3/20/17 12:17 PM)
If you have a rep on this committee, please call them and ask them to put America’s national security before their own Republican party interests. If you don’t have a rep on the committee, do like I did and call the direct line to say the same thing. The people who answer the representatives’ phones are super kind, they never argue, they only kindly take your message and pass it along. Here’s a quick script, and some handy-dandy phone numbers too!
“I am a constituent in Representative’s [name] district. I would like to insist that he/she support the Resolution Of Inquiry introduced by Representative Nadler seeking key info on the Administration’s business conflicts and Russian ties. It is essential to our democracy that elected officials and their staff be held to the highest possible ethical standards. Furthermore, the Constitution has an Emoluments Clause for the specific purpose of preventing foreign governments from asserting undue influence on the President. Please demonstrate your patriotism by supporting this and any similar resolutions. Thank you.”