Sen. Marco Rubio calls for DOJ to investigate John Kerry over suspect Iran contacts

On Monday, Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr calling for an investigation of John Kerry, Secretary of State during Obama’s second term, for potential violations of the Logan Act or Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in 2015. Credit: RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images

In September, Kerry admitted to secretly meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times,” in the time since President Trump was inaugurated and Kerry left office. Kerry conceded it was a covert effort to salvage the disastrous and treasonous Iranian nuclear deal that he helped to originally arrange.

Rubio tweeted a copy of the letter to Barr, saying: “Today I urged the DOJ to investigate whether former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s actions since leaving office related to the #Iran nuclear deal violate the Logan Act or FARA

President Trump has repeatedly blasted Kerry for his attempts at “rogue diplomacy.” A year ago, Trump tweeted a warning about staying away from the Iran negotiations …

 

On Thursday, speaking with reporters at the White House, President Trump accused Kerry of breaking the law by meeting with Iranian officials last year. The President said he should be prosecuted under the Logan Act. “What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me. 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 said.

CNN has reported that a Kerry spokesman said that Trump was “simply wrong” in his accusations. “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.”

In his May 13 letter to the Attorney General, Rubio wrote: “As you know, former Secretary Kerry’s actions since leaving office have come under scrutiny as they related to the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“The American people deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position,” he said. “The Department of Justice should therefore make a determination on whether or not former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s recent actions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran potentially violate the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”

Rubio previously requested the DOJ investigate Kerry in 2018, when Jeff Sessions was the Attorney General.

Kerry served as secretary of state from 2013 to 2017 under Obama.

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