Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been colluding with the enemy, back-channeling with leaders of a totalitarian regime that fosters terrorism, and working against the national security interests of the United States.
Kerry has committed a textbook violation of the Logan Act, a 1799 law that has never resulted in a conviction. The law is violated when a private citizen negotiates without authorization on behalf of the United States in disputes with foreign governments.
The rationale behind the law seeks to prevent an individual with international contacts from thwarting the policy of the nation. This is exactly what Kerry has been attempting.
Why bring up a law from centuries past?
Four days into the Trump presidency acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama administration holdover, raised the very same Logan Act to claim that General Michael Flynn, a former Trump administration national security adviser, was in violation of the law due to Flynn’s perfectly proper discussion with the Russian ambassador during the transition period leading to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The law that Yates cited, which was passed during the administration of President John Adams, was not intended to apply to incoming officials during a transition period between presidential administrations.
The Logan Act was also used during the 2016 presidential campaign to attack then-candidate Trump when he humorously asked the Russians to reveal the 30,000-plus emails, which Hillary Clinton had illegally deleted from her server.
At least twice in the past two months Kerry has engaged in what Matt Viser of the Boston Globe termed “shadow diplomacy,” meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in order to seek a way to preserve the discredited and dubious Iran nuclear deal.
Kerry is apparently selfishly seeking to save what he believes is his personal legacy, while acting against current U.S. policy as well as the best interests of the Western world.
The Iran deal, which was struck in 2015 by the Obama administration, is now viewed as a toothless transaction at best, and at worst it is considered a dangerous pathway that enables Iran to become a nuclear power.
This is the same abominable deal that in January of 2016 the public learned that a jet carrying $400 million in euros, Swiss francs, and other currencies had landed in Tehran. The money was purportedly a partial payment of an outstanding claim by Iran. Soon afterward another $1.3 billion in cash followed, for a total of $1.7 billion in cash handed to the Iranians.
The Iran deal was one of the key policy issues litigated during the last presidential election, and the American people chose the policy that then-candidate Trump frequently enunciated, that the Iran deal needed to be terminated.
Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to continue on with the agreement. He has indicated that he intends to pull out of the Iran deal.
The Boston Globe called Kerry’s meeting with the Iranians “stealthy” and reported that Kerry is using his contacts acquired “during his time as the top U.S. diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.” This is a Logan Act violation pure and simple.
Each day for a year and a half now news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC have been repeating the term “collusion” Meanwhile when Kerry colludes with a dangerous enemy to undermine a duly elected president, the appropriate media outrage is predictably missing.
If there were ever a clear cut example of a Logan Act violation it would be when a former top diplomat actively works against the United States with a totalitarian terrorist-supporting state, which is simultaneously seeking to acquire the capability to nuke both Israel and America.
This comes as no surprise when one considers Kerry’s history of cavorting with enemies and undermining American foreign policy. In the 1970s, Kerry traveled to Paris, France to meet with leaders of an enemy against which the United States was fighting a war, the North Vietnamese Communists. This, too, was a violation of the Logan Act.
In the 1980s, Kerry championed the Nuclear Freeze, which in response to Soviet placement of ballistic missiles in Eastern Europe, urged the U.S. to respond with a nonsensical policy of no response.
It has been reported that Kerry is considering a second run for president in 2020 to take on President Trump. However, Kerry’s contemptible collusion with Iran should utterly disqualify him as a candidate for any political office in the nation.