Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been taking some phone calls he should not have been, and President Trump is calling him out on it.
Kerry has been touting the fact he has been speaking to Iranian leaders for quite some time and it just may be a violation of the Logan Act.
Trump stated, “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.”
The Logan Act
For those of you not familiar with the Logan Act, it prohibits unauthorized individuals from speaking to foreign governments in dispute with the United States.
The Logan Act was enacted in 1799 as a direct response to George Logan trying to intervene with the French in 1798.
Since its inception, they have only been two indictments handed down via the Logan Act.
The first was in 1803 against Francis Flourney.
The second happened in 1852 against Jonas Phillips Levy.
In more recent years, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act, but the charges were dismissed by the State Department.
Ronald Reagan considered going after Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1984 under the Logan Act for his authorized discussions with Cuba and Nicaragua, but never pursued it.
Reagan also considered going after House Speaker Jim Wright in 1987 and 1988, but again, the case was dropped.
Donald Trump was accused of violating the Logan Act during the presidential campaign in 2016 by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack over Trump’s rally joke of asking the Russians to hack into Hillary’s emails.
John Kerry Violations
This is not the first time Kerry has walked a fine line regarding the Logan Act.
In May 2018, Kerry actually met with Iran’s foreign minister to try to protect the framework of the deal that has been worked out during the Obama administration.
He has no authorization at all to talk to Iran on the behalf of the United States and legislators very seriously considered hitting him with charges then.
Kerry has actually admitted to holding several meetings with the Iranians for that purpose.
He recently stated, “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.”
The problem is nobody is asking Kerry to do so and anything he says or does is without the authorization of the Trump administration.
By definition, it is a violation of the Logan Act.
While Trump has said he probably will not pursue it, We the People believe differently.
With all of the potshots being thrown at this administration, why not put the Dems on the defensive and go after Kerry with everything they have?
Kerry’s office has pushed back saying Trump is 100 percent wrong with his accusations, but that is not the case by the letter of the law.
It really does not matter what role Kerry had in that deal previously because he is not in office now and has no authorization to discuss such matters.
We say, “Lock him up!”
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