Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump's CIA chief clears Senate Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump Dems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts MORE (R-Ky.) suggested Sunday that Edward Snowden deserved a lighter sentence for his leaks, but stopped short of saying he deserved clemency.
“I think, personally, he probably would come home for some penalty of a few years of prison,” Paul said.
The Kentucky Republican reiterated that he thinks James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, also deserves to go to jail for what Paul believes were lies told to Congress, and that Snowden’s leaks were valuable.
“History is going to judge that he revealed great abuses of our government and great abuses of our intelligence community,” Paul said.
But Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerDemocrats to introduce T infrastructure plan: report Schumer to GOP: Push back against Trump's 'alternative facts' McConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges MORE (D-N.Y.) disagreed with Paul, saying that Snowden should come back to face trial for his leaks. Part of the tradition of civil disobedience that Snowden is claiming, Schumer says, is to face trial for your actions, like Martin Luther King Jr. did.
“Being helped by Russia and China, is not in the tradition of a true civil disobedience practitioner,” Schumer said on “This Week.”
The New York Democrat added that a Snowden trial would shed needed light on the government’s surveillance practices, including its affect on American citizens.
“It would be beneficial to the country to have the discussion,” Schumer said.