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Those under Secret Service protection, it’s a federal crime to ‘impede or disrupt’
Donald Trump made headlines Monday when he reportedly ordered his Secret Service agents to remove 30 black students from a campaign event. Under federal law, however, he — or any candidate with Secret Service protection — theoretically could have asked the agents to do much more.
That’s because H.R. 347, which updated existing protest regulations in 2011,makes it a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison to “impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions” — and that applies to a candidate if they’re under Secret Service guard.
The legislation was passed as a result of the Gabby Giffords incident.
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