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John Kerry in contact with Iran in violation of Logan Act

Post  Admin on Wed 09 May 2018, 8:54 pm

John Kerry in contact with Iran in violation of Logan Act
May 8, 2018
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John Kerry must think he’s still the Secretary of State.

The Obama diplomat is reportedly working behind the scenes with diplomats across the world to keep the Iran deal intact. His behavior could be violating the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized correspondence with foreign governments on behalf of the United States. 

John Kerry may be breaking the law
A spokesperson for Kerry told Fox News reporter Brooke Singman that Kerry is still in contact with diplomats around the world “just like every previous Secretary of State” and suggested that he is working to protect the Iran deal. The spokesperson confirmed a Friday report from the Boston Globe that Kerry has remained in correspondence with Iran and Western powers who want to keep the pact that Kerry helped create.

“Like America’s closest allies, he [Kerry] believes it is important that the nuclear agreement, which took the world years to negotiate, remain effective as countries focus on stability in the region”, the spokesman said.

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 NEW: spokesman for @JohnKerry on “shadow diplomacy,” response to @realDonaldTrump tweet:

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Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif twice in recent months to talk about preserving the agreement as part of what the Globe calls an “aggressive yet stealthy” mission to save the deal. Kerry also met with various Western leaders friendly to the nuclear pact, including German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as members of Congress in the U.S.

The former Secretary of State is said to be working with a group of former top advisers called Diplomacy Works to salvage the deal.

Nobody has ever been prosecuted under the Logan Act, but if it were being enforced, Kerry would be breaking the law, legal scholar Alan Dershowitz said. Fortunately for Kerry, the 2oo year-old law, which makes it a crime for a United States citizen to carry on unauthorized correspondence with a foreign government, is seldom enforced.

The Logan Act states:

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.

Liberals pounced when former national security adviser Michael Flynn came under scrutiny for diplomatic contacts during president Trump’s transition.

Double-standard
If Kerry is indeed colluding with foreign governments, then it’s reckoning day for the Democrats champing at the bit for president Trump’s impeachment. Robert Mueller’s investigation has been going on for almost a year now, and has yet to discover evidence of a conspiracy to make Donald Trump the president.

The Boston Herald called for an investigation into Kerry’s “stealth diplomacy.” The editorial notes the irony that a former Obama diplomat is allegedly colluding with foreign governments to influence the United States government:

If special counsel Bob Mueller is truly interested in investigating people who are colluding with nefarious foreign powers to undermine U.S. interests, John Kerry should be Target No. 1 for secretly meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and other foreign officials in recent weeks to usurp U.S foreign policy.

It’s a role that as a private citizen, Kerry has no mandate or authority to pursue.

“Why isn’t the DOJ raiding Kerry’s manse, as it did with Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen?” the editorial continued. Why not, indeed?

Trump reacts: “Stay away!”
President Trump blasted Kerry’s “possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy” on Monday. “The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” he tweeted.

Trump again warned Kerry on Tuesday to “stay away” from negotiations. He has criticized Kerry for being a bad negotiator, calling him the  “worst negotiator I’ve ever seen.” Macron had discussed the Iran deal with president Trump on his recent visit to Washington. He used his reception to persuade Trump to re-certify the deal ahead of the May 12 deadline, but was clearly unsuccessful; Trump told Macron today that the United States will withdraw from the deal.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently revealed documentary evidence of Iran’s nuclear aspirations before the 2015 deal was certified. Many, including Kerry, said the evidence didn’t tell them anything they didn’t know already.

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 John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!

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John Kerry has no authority to be doing Mike Pompeo’s job, and may even be breaking the law. If you’re looking for foreign collusion, here it is.
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Kerry needs to back off and let the Trump administration do its job. With any luck, things will improve in Iran, as they already have on the Korean peninsula.
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