When asked about Iran during Saturday’s Task Force press conference, President Trump said after he pulled out of the awful Iran deal (my description), he would have been able to negotiate a new deal with the Iranians, if former Secretary of State Kerry hadn’t violated the Logan Act
And I say he violated the Logan Act. I think it was a major violation. I think we would have had a deal if it wasn’t for John Kerry. But he doesn’t want to be, number one, embarrassed. Number two, he said, “Let’s wait until after the election. Maybe Sleepy Joe Biden is going to win. And if Sleepy Joe Biden wins, you’ll own the United States.”
The Logan Act is an 18th-century law meant to crack down on unauthorized Americans acting on behalf of the United States during a dispute with foreign governments. It prohibits U.S. citizens from having private correspondence with a foreign government “with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government . . . in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States.”
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The President correctly made the accusation. John Kerry violated the Act many times in recent years, and If the Act was ever enforced, Kerry would be spending time in a federal penitentiary.
During interviews to promote his book in Sept. 2018, Kerry told an interviewer that he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif three or four times since leaving office and that their talks touched on the international nuclear agreement which Kerry negotiated, and President Trump killed ( because it was such a bad deal for America). This was the first time Kerry admitted a Logan Act violation. However, many of his offenses were reported earlier.
In May of 2018, the Boston Globe reported that Kerry went to the U.N. for a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways to save the Iran nuke deal. “It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings.”
In other words, he was actively trying to sabotage U.S. policy. And this wasn’t the first time.
In January 2018, Israeli Newspaper Ma’ariv reported that John Kerry had given a message to Palestinian Authority Pres. Abbas, “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he should not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands,” because Trump will be out of office within the year.”
Wow! Did Kerry have inside information on the deep state’s attempt to remove the duly elected Donald Trump from office? “Out of office within a year” certainly sounds like it.
In 2018 Sen. Rubio sent a letter to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to investigate Kerry’s meetings with Iranians for Logan Act violations. But Sessions “resigned” three weeks later.
In May 2009, Marco Rubio sent a letter to AG William Barr repeating the request the Florida Senator made of his predecessor. There are no available reports as to whether Rubio received a response or whether the A.G. did indeed begin an investigation.
If there is an investigation, perhaps the DOJ will include the times John Kerry violated the Logan Act during other GOP administrations.
In 1985, Senator John Kerry traveled to Nicaragua for a friendly get-together with the Sandinista president, Daniel Ortega. The position of the Reagan administration was to support the opposition Contras. Kerry wasn’t much interested in the administration’s position. Upon his return to the United States, Kerry met with President Reagan to convey a message from Ortega. Reagan “wasn’t thrilled,” Kerry later told the New York Times.
In 2006 Kerry went to Syria to meet with Assad over the objections of President Bush #43, who was trying to isolate the Syrian despot at the time.
Some say Senator Tom Cotton’s March 2015 open letter to the Iranian regime was an example of breaking the Logan Act. But the message wasn’t a negotiation, it didn’t even discuss possible terms of a deal. The Cotton letter signed by 47 Senators simply explained how the constitution worked and that any agreement that wasn’t ratified by the Senate could be overturned (which is precisely what happened).
Ironically Kerry objected to the Tom Cotton letter, “During my 29 years here in the Senate, I have never heard of—nor even heard of it being proposed—anything comparable to this,” Kerry said. “If I had, I can guarantee that no matter who was president of what the issue was and no matter who the president was, I would have certainly rejected it.”
While I am not an attorney, It certainly seems as if the President is correct when he says that Kerry violated the Logan Act. But even if formal charges are brought up against the former Secretary of State/Fred Gwynn look-alike, it would be a waste of time. In the 220 years since the Logan Act was signed into law, only two people were ever indicted on charges of violating the Act. Francis Flournoy in 1803 and Jonas P. Levy in 1852. Neither one was convicted.
Cross-posted with The Lid
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