Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been secretly traveling to countries in Europe to practice shadow diplomacy and try to save the Iran nuclear deal. This undermines President Trump, is a violation of the Logan Act and frankly, is treasonous.
Kerry first came to fame telling the Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 that U.S. soldiers had committed atrocities in Vietnam. Now, he is trying to save the Iran nuclear deal, which gave Iran billions of dollars to fund terrorism and gave the U.S. nothing in return. Kerry has been meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union official Federica Mogherini and France’s Emanuel Macron to try to undermine Trump’s possible decision to leave the deal altogether.
As John Kerry seeks to save the Iran deal, supporters see unflagging energy even amid potential failure. Critics may see something else: a former officeholder working with foreign officials to potentially undermine policy aims of a current administration. https://t.co/rJgFbZtthd
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 4, 2018
The Boston Globe reports, “With the Iran deal facing its gravest threat since it was signed in 2015, Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve it, using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as the top U.S. diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.” Kerry does not have permission to do this and is dealing directly with an avid enemy of the United States. He is undercutting President Trump and betraying his own country to save what he sees as his legacy. Trump will decide on the Iran deal by May 12th.
Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at the leftist Brookings Institution, said, “It is unusual for a former secretary of state to engage in foreign policy like this, as an actual diplomat and quasi-negotiator. Of course, former secretaries of state often remain quite engaged with foreign leaders, as they should, but it’s rarely so issue-specific, especially when they have just left office.” And it is never done without the permission of the State Department.
Kerry has always been hostile towards Israel and sympathetic to the Palestinians and the Iranians. The fact that Iran could use the money we gave them to develop nuclear weapons that could wipe Israel off the map, doesn’t seem to bother him in the least. As Wikileaks revealed years ago, “On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was ‘shocked’ by what he saw on a visit to Gaza.” This would be suicide for Israel and they would never cede Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Not to mention Iranian-backed terrorist group Hamas rules Gaza.
One source who has worked with Kerry told the Boston Globe, “Part of the equation is if Ernie [Ernest Moniz, the former US energy secretary] or John made a bold statement, [Trump] is … crazy, and he might do the opposite just to spite them. You’re liable to spur this guy in a direction you don’t want him to go in, just to be spiteful.” If anyone is crazy here, it is John Kerry.
The Globe also stated, “In recent weeks he’s placed dozens of phone calls and, often with Moniz by his side, has lobbied members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. While he is not negotiating as he did as secretary of state, he is attempting through quiet advocacy to preserve what he accomplished.”
Kerry is delusional; he tweeted after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave new evidence of Iran’s duplicity, “Every detail PM Netanyahu presented yesterday was every reason the world came together to apply years of sanctions and negotiate the Iran nuclear agreement — because the threat was real and had to be stopped. It’s working!”
Kerry is working with a group called Diplomacy Works. Its advisory council includes lead Iran-deal negotiator Wendy Sherman, former State Department chief of staff Jon Finer and former spokeswoman Jen Psaki. They are attempting to inundate the media with articles championing the Iran deal. This is unlikely to sway Trump who will be the one making the decision. Congress will decide on reimplementation of sanctions, but Trump will decide on scuttling the deal. My bet is that he will pull us out of the Iran deal. Trump has leaned that way from the beginning and calls it the worst deal ever made, which it is. Then we’ll see what Iran does next. This deal should never have existed in the first place and Kerry should be getting a visit from the feds over this.
Have often argued that 1799 Logan Act, used as pretext to question Michael Flynn, is dead. So IMHO it's dead for John Kerry, too. But if you believe Logan Act was used legitimately against Flynn, you've got to want a DOJ/FBI Kerry investigation…
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 5, 2018
OMG! Logan Act violations!! Send in the G Men… https://t.co/FA1dydJGQb
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) May 4, 2018
Kerry working with foreign governments to save the flawed #IranDeal certainly raises Logan Act questions. Plus, imagine if former Sec. Rice had done this to Obama. What would the reaction have been? #DoubleStandard https://t.co/GKd52OwNCu
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 5, 2018
No, Really, really send the G men… If you can find an honest one left. https://t.co/BHnzhhT29y
— Malcolm J Friend (@MalcomJFriend) May 5, 2018
Yeah, I get you're being sarcastic – but you're wrong to be. Indict and arrest John Kerry. That's what the Left would do to you if you did what he did.
It's time to start using their tactics against them – harder and better – until they beg for mercy. https://t.co/ht6jWMmIDP
— EllidaProject (@EllidaProject) May 5, 2018
WHY IS IT THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO FEAR OF THE LAW? https://t.co/nf5Vy2el3r
— YukonMan (@tmoon48) May 5, 2018
Remember when the Obama administration actually tried to claim Flynn was violating the Logan Act? And multiple news outlets dutifully reported on it? https://t.co/jnrWZE1uAU
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) May 5, 2018
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