Whenever there is even a hint of a prominent Republican politician having any illicit dealings with a foreign government, Democrats rush to claim it’s a violation of the Logan Act. That’s a law dating from the 1700s that makes it a criminal offense to hold unauthorized negotiations with a foreign government that’s having a dispute with the US and thereby undermine the official US position.
The law has so many specific requirements that must be met that, in fact, only two people have ever even been indicted under it, and they weren’t convicted. Therefore, accusations of Logan Act violations are largely dismissed by legal experts as political grandstanding with some questioning whether the Act itself is even valid.
That’s why I think any fans of the Logan Act should feel a debt of gratitude to former Secretary of State John Kerry for finally, after more than 200 years, providing us with such a clear-cut example of a violation of the Logan Act. After the duly-elected US President revoked the badly-flawed Iranian nuclear deal worked out by Kerry when he actually held office and began attempting to pressure Iran into rengotiating a new deal, Kerry has admittedly continued meeting with Iranian officials and urging them not to work with the Trump White House on the supposition that a Democrat will be elected in 2020 and reinstate the sweetheart deal he gave them that’s no longer in force.
Let’s see: Acting as an unauthorized agent of the government? Check. Dealing with foreign powers hostile to the US? Check. Doing so in a way that deliberately undermines the official US foreign policy? Check. Congratulations, I think we finally have someone who’s satisfied all the requirements for an indictment under the Logan Act! So, where are all those Democrats who have been ready to accuse Republicans of violating it for little or no reason? We know there are plenty of Democratic partisans among our top Justice Department officials, so shouldn’t they be hurrying to the grand jury right now?
as a reminder: this isn’t John Kerry’s first go-round of impersonating a federal official to undermine US foreign policy. His continued illicit meddling to try to save his rotten Iran deal by meeting with US lawmakers and Iranian officials when he no longer held any official government position was one factor in convincing Trump to revoke it in the first place. As Trump tweeted back in May, “The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!...John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!”
I have to assume that just wasn't clear enough for Mr. Kerry. Maybe a Logan Act indictment will make the point more convincingly for him.
Add to the list of things that are now apparently okay under the California justice system: marijuana use, crossing the border illegally, and attempting to stab Republicans to death.
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