The ACLJ has unearthed a memo through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) showing that former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry did indeed engage in covert meetings with Iran during the previous administration in an effort to salvage the Iran deal that former President Donald Trump nixed.
“Remember the stories that former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry – no longer in office as of January 20, 2017 – engaged in shadow diplomacy with Iran promoting foreign policy contrary to that of America’s sitting President, Donald Trump? As the story continued to unfold, and more information about the Left’s counter-diplomacy was revealed even just last year, the ACLJ went to work,” Jordan Sekulow, who is an attorney and the Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice, remarked.
Sekulow went on to announce that the ACLJ obtained a never-before-seen “unclassified” October 2018 memo titled, “Notes From ‘Iran and the US: An Off-the-Record Conversation with Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif.'”
In a shocking finding from our FOIA lawsuit, we unearthed that former Obama-Biden officials were conducting secret meetings with Iran during the time that President Trump was in office.
It’s outrageous & shocking. Read our article here: https://t.co/COJXwygRRB
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) May 26, 2022
The previously unreported “off-the-record meeting” allegedly took place at the “Iranian Ambassador’s Residence, NYC,” on October 4, 2018, during Trump’s tenure in office and following the withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. That was just a few days before the media ran with Kerry’s confession that he had secretly been in talks with Iran.
The memo includes discussions between Zarif and former U.S. officials that covered a wide range of topics including nuclear weapons, potential prisoner swaps, Afghanistan withdrawal, negotiations with the Taliban, Houthi rebels, Syria, Suleimani’s popularity in Iran, and the “region in turmoil.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reviewed the memo, calling it “a big deal for sure.” He noted, “This is exactly what we were fighting… The arrogance. The indecency. The hatred of Israel.”
“In the ACLJ’s FOIA request sent to the State Department last year, we sought records of these former high-level Obama officials engaged in secret, ‘off the record’ diplomacy with Iran, and particularly, with Mohammad Javad Zarif,” Sekulow wrote referring to former Obama officials John Kerry, Robert Malley, and Ernest Moniz.
I’m not shocked 😐 … at all.
— Jessica Faith (@jfmaclean) May 26, 2022
There is absolutely nothing shocking about corruption at the State Department.
— Voice of reason (@brockreiss) May 26, 2022
It is absolutely mind boggling how the Left insists things are false/fake/lies even when there is documented, tangible evidence to prove it’s true.
— Gretchen McKee (@gamckee13) May 26, 2022
They requested, “All records, communications or briefings created, generated, forwarded, transmitted, sent, shared, saved, received, or reviewed by any DOS official or employee that regard in any way John Kerry, Robert Malley, or Ernest Moniz, and Mohammad Javad Zarif or U.S. relations with Iran.”
The State Department promptly ignored the ACLJ’s requests, so they took it to federal court.
“There are many more documents to be produced in this case; and once the production is complete, we’ll have to litigate against the State Department to force it to reveal what it has redacted and withheld along the way,” Sekulow stated.
“One question we will pursue: In whose custody was this memo? Another one is, what conversations did Obama-era holdovers still at the State Department have with the ‘former’ U.S. diplomats who went to this meeting?” he asked.
“The memo we uncovered shines a light, not just on the secret meeting itself, but also on Zarif’s rhetoric and unbelievable assertions as he attempts to persuade his listeners. For instance, he claims ‘Iran will never seek atomic weapons.’ Well, I guess there’s no cause for concern here. And, ‘It is almost impossible to turn fuel rods into nuclear weapons.’ Almost impossible. He goes on and on, spouting off his distorted pro-Iran view as if it’s fact,” Sekulow continued.
— jessica0917 (@jessica0917) May 26, 2022
This is treason.
— Elite Leader CA05 🍊 (@c_an05) May 26, 2022
I believe that’s called sedition. It’s a capital crime. The officials involved, including Obama, should be indicted.
— David McGlasson (@dmcg940) May 26, 2022
“Interestingly, record productions we’ve received in this case also include a series of sensitive but unclassified (SBU) emails revealing that Kerry had State Department staff working to send correspondence to Zarif, described as a farewell letter, two weeks after Kerry had left office on January 20, 2017. It is clear from the emails that the State Department staff were struggling with how to send the letter, we presume because the United States had no official diplomatic relations with Iran,” he added.
“As of now, the State Department has withheld the contents of Kerry’s secret February 2017 letter to Zarif, so we will continue to litigate to gain access,” Sekulow concluded.
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