‘It is unusual for a former secretary of state to engage in foreign policy like this, as an actual diplomat and quasi-negotiator…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Following President Donald Trump’s claim that former Secretary of State John Kerry “should be prosecuted,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr that asks him to investigate the matter.
The Logan Act outlaws “negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments.”
Although it once was dismissed as obscure and archaic, largely unused since it was enacted in 1799, Democrats invoked the Logan Act as one of the pretenses for investigating Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Flynn, who met with Russian officials to de-escalate tensions after lame-duck President Barack Obama expelled several of their diplomats, ultimately was indicted for lying to the corrupt FBI and Justice Department officials who were seeking to undermine the incoming administration.
Rubio previously wrote a letter to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in which he outlined the allegations against Kerry.
Kerry publicly acknowledged that he talked with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif “probably three or four times” after his tenure as secretary of State ended.
The purpose of Kerry’s meetings with Iranian and other foreign officials was to convince them to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal and not to negotiate with the Trump administration.
When Kerry met with Zarif in April 2018, “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,” the Boston Globe reported.
The Boston Globe also reported that Kerry met with German President Frank–Walter Steinmeier, European Union official Federica Mogherini and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Kerry’s discussions with Iranian officials were “unseemly and unprecedented.”
Pompeo said Kerry told the Iranians to “wait out this administration”—a clearly treasonous attempt to undermine the duly elected president, if it can be proven.
A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution—a left-wing think-tank that has given more than $853,000 or 96 percent of its donations to Democrats—described Kerry’s actions as “unusual.”
“It is unusual for a former secretary of state to engage in foreign policy like this, as an actual diplomat and quasi-negotiator,” Michael O’Hanlon said.
“Of course, former secretaries of state often remain quite engaged with foreign leaders, as they should, but it’s rarely so issue-specific, especially when they have just left office,” he said.
Tensions have continued to escalate in Iran recently as the country amplifies threats to cease its armistice and potentially attack U.S. forces stationed in Iraq or elsewhere in the Middle East.
At the behest of national security adviser John Bolton, several top national security and military officials took the rare step of meeting last week at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Va., where special technology exists for analyzing signal intelligence.
Pompeo also made an unscheduled visit in Iraq to ensure officials there were able to honor their commitments to protect U.S. forces and interests, he said.