free from vindictiveness

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It cited how the framers of the Constitution explained that the purpose of this provision is to ensure the effective discharge of legislative functions by a member of Congress, acting as his conscience and duty should dictate, free from vindictiveness or from the haunting fear that its most innocuous expressions may at any time afterwards place him in jeopardy of punishment.
The purpose of these privileges, it said, was to 'ensure' the effective discharge of legislative functions by a member of Congress 'free from vindictiveness or form the haunting n fear that its most innocuous expressions may at any time afterwards place him in jeopardy of punishment.'