The NY Post reported that John Kerry secretly met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and spoke on the phone with top EU official Federica Mogherini in an attempt to save the nuclear deal, which is absolutely counter to the position of the Trump administration. The Boston Globe called it “unusual shadow diplomacy” – not so much, as he has done it before. Make no mistake, John Kerry is no longer Secretary of State and has no authority whatsoever to negotiate for the United States.
Kerry’s actions are a violation of the Logan Act, which unfortunately for us or fortunately for him is a “dead law.” The Logan Act has not been enforced, which would have made solid charges for Kerry, and a few other unauthorized ‘representatives’ according to Alan Dershowitz in the Washington Examiner.
“He is negotiating, though he is not in the administration, and there are real problems with doing that…John is a friend of mine. I’ve known him for a long, long time. But remember how this investigation against Trump begins. It begins by the theory that people in the Trump campaign may be violating the Logan Act, by going and speaking to people when they haven’t yet been president.” Alan Dershowitz
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
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