The Logan Act, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953, states:
“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.”
The Logan Act of 1799 was intended to prohibit United States citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments. There appear to have been no prosecutions under the act in its more than 200-year history. However, there have been a number of judicial references to the act, and it is not uncommon for it to be used as a point of challenge concerning dealings with foreign officials. While the Democrats in both houses of Congress have threatened to impeach President Donald Trump with violating the Logan Act, the hate-Trump, deranged lawmakers would be advised that members of their own political party should be investigated for violating Logan especially John Kerry.
The former Democratic Party U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 2004 presidential candidate and Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry was slammed for colluding with Iran in “shadow government” diplomacy for his unofficial secret meetings with Iranian officials. Kerry and his Islamic-terrorism funding friends allegedly spoke about a number of topic especially the scrapped Obama nuclear deal.
“The deal has been touted as an Obama administration achievement even though the Iranians got billions of dollars and the economic sanctions were lifted. Obama’s successor, President Donald Trump called the Obama-Iran deal a foolish one that gave Iran everything and the United States nothing,” said former military intelligence operative and county sheriff Timothy McMurphy.
A Trump administration official told CBS News’ chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge that Kerry’s meetings were “shameful,” pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill and injure people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
In addition, a law enforcement/intelligence source told Conservative Base’s Jim Kouri that part of the money given to Iran by Obama has been used to buy numerous missiles and rockets that eventually ended up in the hands of the Palestinian terror group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
A number of legal experts and constitutional law professors have said in the past that Kerry’s trips to Iran might be illegal. “It’s almost a joke, but I’m not laughing. Trump’s entire time in the White House has been responding to unsubstantiated charges — by the Democratic Party, a biased Special Counsel investigation, and a news media who seem to report first, then verify later — that Trump colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to beat Hillary Clinton.
“John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing, it’s insidious,” Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, said Wednesday on Fox News’s “Special Report.” “I don’t know if it’s legal or illegal, I don’t care about that side of it. It’s wrong.”
“This is just one more sign that Americans made the right choice when they rejected John Kerry for President and Hillary Clinton for that same office. There was even some talk of Kerry attempting another presidential run in 2020, but he’s one of the easier candidates to beat,” said Charles “Chuck” Lee Travis, a former police officer turned political campaign consultant. “Kerry has the good sense to realize he’s not destined to sit in the Oval Office and will be open to a cabinet position in a Joe Biden administration,” said Travis.
Kerry had made the admission about his interactions with Iran as part of his book tour to promote his new book, “Every Day Is Extra.”
Kerry appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show last Wednesday and told the host and his audience that he has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” since leaving office, admitting to discussing the scrapped nuclear deal and other issues while being a civilian eager to undermine President Trump’s foreign policy decisions.
“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 told the conservative host. Kerry also never denied the suggestion that he’s telling the Iranians to wait out Trump until there is a Democratic president again.
“Anyone wishing to see a Deep State operative at work, should just keep tabs on people such as Kerry, Clinton, Lanny Davis, the Podesta brothers, and, of course, Barack Hussein Obama and multi-billionaire George Soros,” said Craig Sellerson, a political strategist.
In May, Kerry met with Zarif as he tried to salvage the one-sided nuclear weapons deal. But Trump again announced his intention of pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. In August 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department restored economic sanctions against Iran.
It has been suggested before that Kerry’s meetings with high-profile foreign leaders could violate the Logan Act—which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government without authorization. No one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law, however.
Fox News’ go-to security analyst Walid Phares pointed out that the “fake news” media considered it a “scandal” when former Trump campaigner Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn met with “a diplomat of a country that has an embassy in DC.” But, he said, they consider it “normal” when Kerry conducts “parallel diplomacy” with “a regime on the US terror list.”
When the reports of Kerry’s contacts first surfaced this year, Trump blasted Kerry for what he called “possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy.” Kerry, though, speaking to Fox News Channel’s Dana Perino denied his conversations were inappropriate.
“Every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world,” Kerry said. “We all do that. And we all have conversations (about) the state of affairs with the world in order to understand them.”
“It remains to be seen how much cash the Iranians slipped to Kerry and his Deep State partners. We may find out in a year or ten years, but eventually we will find out,” said Victor Javitts, a former intelligence official and civilian police chief.