President Trump on Thursday called for former Secretary of State John Kerry to be prosecuted for violating the Logan Act.
The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953) criminalizes negotiations by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States — the purpose of the Logan Act is to prevent an unauthorized person (John Kerry) from undermining the government’s current position.
“John Kerry violated the Logan Act,” Trump said. “He’s talking to Iran and has been, has many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do. That is a total violation of the Logan act.”
.@realDonaldTrump says John Kerry violated the Logan Act and should be prosecuted for negotiating with a foreign government.
"He's talking to Iran and has been, has many meetings and tells them what to do. That is a total violation of the Logan act." pic.twitter.com/p7mjZwfMwm
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 9, 2019
Last May, it was reported by the Boston Globe that Barack Obama’s former Secretary of State, John Kerry had been secretly meeting with foreign officials to salvage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
John Kerry also reportedly met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both New York City and Paris.
On May 8th, 2018, President Trump announced he was set to withdraw from Obama’s Iran nuke deal calling it one of the worst deals he’s ever witnessed.
Leading up to Trump’s announcement, John Kerry, the architect of the Iran nuke deal, was reportedly behind the scenes on a “stealthy yet aggressive mission” of shadow diplomacy, desperately trying to preserve his pact by meeting with Iranian official, Javad Zarif.
Trump’s current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called John Kerry’s meeting with “the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror” “unseemly and unprecedented” and “beyond inappropriate.”
Barack Obama and his officials continue to undermine President Trump on the world stage without fear of reprisal.
John Kerry was previously seen in Paris meeting with Iranian officials, Obama was recently in Germany secretly meeting with Chancellor Merkel and Hillary Clinton traveled to Puerto Rico (US territory) in January to meet with the governor of San Juan to help rebuild infrastructure after a powerful hurricane destroyed the island.
Apparently the Logan Act only applies to Republicans (General Flynn).