The cozy relationship between former Secretary of State John Kerry and the “Supreme Leader of Iran” after officially leaving office has always been a questionable one, perhaps even bordering on violations of the seldom used “Logan Act.”
On Monday Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla), urged Attorney General Barr to take a serious look regarding Kerry’s involvement, perhaps attempting to willfully interfere and undermine the President’s tough stance against the terrorist state.
In an open letter to Barr posted on Rubio’s Twitter page, the senator urged the AG to investigate whether Kerry’s “recent actions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran” was in direct violation of the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act?
Both of those statuses prohibit private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government without authorization.
The President has long believed after he dismantled the Iran nuclear deal between the U.S. and the terrorist regime, which Kerry was instrumental in negotiating as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration, that Kerry has been secretly interfering with the President’s foreign policy towards Iran, perhaps urging the leaders to “hang tough” and not negotiate with the President.
On Thursday the President once again publicly accused Kerry of breaking the law by once again meeting with Iranian officials, stating that the former Secretary of State should be prosecuted under the Logan Act, after Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarid in early 2018, well after Kerry left his post as secretary of state.
“You know John Kerry speaks to them a lot, and John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
Trump continued, “But my people don’t want to do anything, only the Democrats do that kind of stuff. If it were the opposite way, they’d prosecute him under the Logan Act.”
A spokesperson for Kerry told CNN that the President was “simply wrong, end of story.”
Adding, “He’s wrong about the facts, wrong about the law, and sadly he’s been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep America safe.”
And yet the question that has apparently not been asked is why a former secretary of state would (after being out of office for well over a year) decide on his own, and with no official standing within the White House meet with a Foreign Minister of a designated “terrorist state”?
The President has had a long-simmering feud with the former Massachusetts Senator dating back before he even ran for the Presidency. Moreover Kerry’s quiet embrace of the leaders within the terrorist state is his attempt to perhaps salvage what’s left of his own legacy regarding what can best be described as the worst deal ever negotiated between America and Iran, in which the President described the deal “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”
Adding, “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
Moreover, Kerry has actually acknowledged that he has willfully interfered with the President’s efforts regarding Iran. Admitting in September, he met with Zarif “three or four times” since leaving office, discussing the scrapped nuclear deal, among other issues.
“What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.
There’s little doubt that Kerry is attempting illegal foreign policy negotiations without any official authorization from the Trump Administration, which is indeed a clear violation of the Logan Act.
Senator Rubio’s open letter urging Attorney General Barr to begin an investigation regarding Kerry’s actions might also include investigating the sudden escalation of hostilities by Iran, drawing the President into a potential armed conflict, and what Kerry’s involvement might have produced.