GOP Reps Seek To Repeal ‘Archaic and Useless’ Logan Act

Several Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives Friday introduced the “Time to Repeal an Archaic Policy of 2020” (TRAP) in an effort to repeal the Logan Act. The members to sign on include, Reps. Guy Reschenthler, Greg Steube, Kelly Armstrong, Scott Perry, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan.

The members see the law as “archaic and useless” after it was used by former FBI Director James Comey to entrap Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, whose case was dismissed late Thursday by the Justice Department in a historic move.

In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jenson said that “through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case.”

Jensen had discovered an abundance of documents from both the FBI and DOJ that were kept from his defense during Flynn’s trial. Based on the evidence, Jensen said he “briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”

The Logan Act has been in effect since 1799 and its purpose is to criminalize Americans who engage in “correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government . . . in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States.”

Although it was only used on a couple of occasions, Comey saw fit to use it to target then-National Security Adviser Flynn for his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. However, it was investigators’ goal from the start to force Flynn to admit he “was directed and controlled by and/or coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to the national security and/or possibly a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 18 U.S.C. § 951 et seq., or other related statutes.”