‘Violation of Logan Act’? Dem Sen under fire for ‘secret meeting’ with Iran officials, digs deeper when he tries to explain

Sen. Chris Murphy admitted he and other Democrats held a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week.

The Connecticut Democrat who voted to impeach President Donald Trump apparently sees nothing wrong with meeting with “adversaries” as long as the meetings are conducted by Democrats. Trump seemed to be taken by surprise and told reporters Tuesday it “sounds like to me a violation of the Logan Act.”

The State Department reportedly knew nothing of the secretive meeting during the Munich Security Conference, according to Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist.

“Such a meeting would mean Murphy had done the type of secret coordination with foreign leaders to potentially undermine the U.S. government that he accused Trump officials of doing as they prepared for Trump’s administration,” Hemingway wrote, citing Murphy’s 2017 criticism of then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Former Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts also attended the Munich conference last week where Murphy joined Zarif in a public condemnation of U.S. policy.

And for Democrats who attacked Trump over his call with the Ukraine president last year, the hypocrisy was even more blatant with Murphy’s actual recounting of the meeting with Zarif. Apparently no transcripts are needed when Democrats speak with foreign leaders, and Murphy’s Twitter thread made the secretive rendezvous seem even shadier.

The Democrat lawmaker continued to give his version of events, with no link to any sort of official transcript of the conversation. He also published an account of the trip on Medium.

Murphy argued that Congress sets foreign policy as a way to excuse that “many of us have met w Zarif over the years,” while admitting no one in Congress has the power to negotiate with the Iranian leader.

“I wish President Trump would see that value too. Because our current policy of blind, non-strategic escalation is just making Iran more powerful and menacing, and making America weaker and less secure,” Murphy added in another remarkably ignorant tweet.

Murphy’s meeting sparked immediate questions about a violation of the Logan Act, the federal law that bans unauthorized negotiations with foreign governments – especially ones that have made openly hostile remarks about the U.S. and launched missile attacks at locations housing American troops.

“Did leftwing Trump-hating senator, Chris Murphy, violate the Logan Act by meeting secretly with Iran’s foreign minister?” conservative radio show host Mark Levin asked in a tweet.

Others also slammed the senator for his “Democrat privilege.”


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