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John Kerry Accused Of Violating Logan Act After He Admits To Secret Iran Talks

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Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he’s personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif “three or four times” and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act.

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it’s almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, “I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” but attempted to claim he was not trying to “coach” Iran on how to navigate President Trump’s pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place.

However, by Kerry’s own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: “What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure.

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump’s back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing.

Here’s a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to “coach” the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry’s own words the “open[ing] of diplomatic channels” was on his mind.

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we’re likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled.

via www.zerohedge.com

23 COMMENTS

    • LURCH! is trying to get on line for some of those Billions President Obama gave
      the Ayatollah(HIS SUPREME LEADER) in CASH on PALLETS in UNMARKED PLANES!!!!

      NOT ONE COWARDLY DEMI WILL ASK WHAT WAS THAT MONEY FOR????
      The gullible & Obtuse DEMIs believe it was Iran’s money that we owed them!!!!
      HA! HA! HA! Talk about grass eaters!!!!!

    • Kerry has always had an empty head……..Everything that he ever tried to accomplish is related to that………….No telling how many times he bent over for Barry and all his treasonous acts………

  1. Republicans need to stand up and bring Kelly to justice. Just the same way democrats did to Flynn. I still don’t understand that why is it that personnel who worked pass tense in high government positions get to keep their secret clearance and privileges.

  2. Keep it up. John. You no longer represent the United States of America as anything more than a CITIZEN. Going behind the government — sooner or later — will possibly introduce you to a new occupation in pressing license plates for a very, very long time, and your new office could end up being the federal bar and star. Is it worth your pension?

    • Guess he figured that since Obama has been doing this daily against the Logan Act since the day he walked out of the WH, so why couldn’t he do it too ? No one has ever arrested or stopped Obama from doing it . So why not ? That is how most of us see it too – Obama just over steps any law he pleases and no one does a thing about it – so that leaves it open to all others as well – everyone is sick and tired of all the special privileges that Foreign illegal Obama keeps getting !.
      If Obama and Hillary are not under any laws, then we aren’t either ! IT’s that simple. EQUALITY under (or over) the law !

      McCain has been executed for all his many Treasons, now it’s time to line up the rest of them ! I assume most know the cancer story was the cover for it. NO Elite get cancer – they have had the cure for it since 1934 – cured in 2 weeks – but McCain never had cancer as anyone could see who knows how cancer and its treatment operates- he had no signs of any of it – he was issued his Tribunal sentence and the date for his death was set.
      I understand that a chip is implanted that takes care of that on that date. It’s painless unfortunately for all the suffering McCain has caused on so many others all his life. Plus he was a pedo. That also gets the death penalty. Hope he realized that canary singing to God won’t cut it over there !

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  3. john kerry must think very highly of himself and his “importance” to do what he is doing. He is a PRIVATE citizen and it SHOULD be against the law for him to meet with anyone as a representative of this country. He does not represent me at all. If there is a law on the books – like the Logan Act – it should be enforced. kerry should be charged with a crime.

    • THIS IS THE SAME COUNTERFEITER WHO:
      Vote against the war in Iraq after he voted for it!!!!

      The winner of the LURCH look alike contest should be
      charged with treason!!!!

  4. I would not read Kerry’s book even if it is free. He is a traitor of the US and he should be put behind bars for thinking he still has power to persuade foreign countries. Not too smart for foreign countries to listen to this person.

    • Kerry is a TRAITOR like McCain has been all his life. DEATH is the ONLY penalty for Treason !
      McCain has been executed for it, now it’s time to line up the other Traitors for the same penalty – actually it’s too good for them – they should hang as the Founders said the Treason penatly is ! These painless silent secret executions just don’t seem complete to me ! And the over the top week long worship of that monster McCain was more like punishment on the people he betrayed then an execution of a Traitor !

  5. get rid of jeff scessions , rod rosenstein , christopher ray and put people in office that will follow the law and prosecute these ass holes to the fullest extent of the law. give abama and hilliary the deaf penalty

  6. Guess he figured that since Obama has been doing this daily against the Logan Act since the day he walked out of the WH, so why couldn’t he do it too ? No one has ever arrested or stopped Obama from doing it . So why not ? That is how most of us see it too – Obama just over steps any law he pleases and no one does a thing about it – so that leaves it open to all others as well – everyone is sick and tired of all the special privileges that Foreign illegal Obama keeps getting !.
    If Obama and Hillary are not under any laws, then we aren’t either ! IT’s that simple. EQUALITY under (or over) the law !

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  7. Kerry needs to stay out of this administrations business. We are finally on the right track with Iran! The last administration was on Iran’s side — this administration is on America’s side! We do not need the kind of help civilians from the corrupt Obama administration can offer.

  8. What is a “semi-frequent” meeting. You either met or you did not. Kerry should be charged with treason. Why do we not hear from the LEFT? If they want to charge the president for doing his job and calling it treason for meeting with a foreign dignitary how is it that Kerry goes behind the back of a sitting president and says who knows what to this Muslim leader about the US activities and decisions. Just because Kerry’s daughter married a Iranian does not make him an ambassador to Iran. TREASON. TAKE HIS SECURITY CLEARANCE AWAY.

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