Sen. Marco Rubio has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether former Secretary of State John Kerry violated federal laws in a series of meetings with the Iranian Foreign Minister to try to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.
The Florida Republican sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday that was obtained exclusively by Fox News. Citing the Logan Act and Foreign Agents Registration Act, Rubio said Americans “deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position.”
I have asked the @TheJusticeDept to determine if John Kerry has violated federal laws by meeting with Iranian officials in an effort to save the #IranDeal. https://t.co/Gedbn9D0E6 #FoxNews
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 18, 2018
According to Fox News, the Logan Act prohibits unauthorized personnel to negotiate with a foreign government in relation to disputes with the U.S., and the Foreign Agents Registration Act requires persons or companies acting on behalf of foreign governments, political parties or individuals to disclose details of their interactions.
Kerry admitted in an interview last week with radio host Hugh Hewitt that he has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” in recent months to conduct sensitive diplomacy. The diplomat was Kerry’s negotiating partner in the nuclear deal that President Trump has since rejected.
The Trump administration was not aware of the meetings and the president has been very critical of the former Obama administration official.
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”
Kerry told Hewitt that he was not coaching the Iranians on how to handle the Trump administration, but “rather tried to elicit from him (Zarif) what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” according to Fox News.
Rubio backed Trump’s decision to back out on what the senator called a “bad deal.”
Social media users were skeptical if Sessions would respond favorably, but many are convinced that Kerry is guilty as the “treason” word was bandied about freely.
Here’s a sampling of reactions from Twitter:
Kerry needs to stay out of goverment issues. He needs to wake-up, an understand he is no longer working for the American goverment! Hes still trying to be a want to be!
— Roy matney (@Roymatney2) September 18, 2018
Too bad the Senator can’t ask someone who will actually do something.
— Buzz jeansonne (@BuzzJeansonne) September 18, 2018
Maybe John is negotiating the return of the plane of cash to his estate? Good job Marco!
— JT Konola (@JtKonola) September 18, 2018
He’s doing more than Flynn ever did
— Brotein Shake (@BetaPsi77) September 18, 2018
Seeking to undermine the interests of the United States. Treason.
— Kenny Miller (@KennyJohnMiller) September 18, 2018
If? He clearly violated the Logan act. And admitted actions that violate the Logan act. There's nothing to investigate. Prosecute is the next step https://t.co/2Bk4l6jHJ2
— Tim (@applnokr) September 18, 2018
Don't waste time with all that. @realDonaldTrump needs to snatch his clearance ! https://t.co/ehHUyruC2i
— Carolyn Holland (@Cholland2000) September 18, 2018
John Kerry is not in the US Senate and he is no longer the SOS – there is absolutely no reason for him to be meeting with Iranian officials about anything. https://t.co/ro5MqTfnRj
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 18, 2018
The Swamp will envelope him and protect him as they always do! The left is immune to the legal system we all of us must live by! John Kerry is a treasonous coward! As well as anyone who gives him cover! https://t.co/Tojznsa8lF
— Howie (@bighowi8) September 18, 2018
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