John Kerry and the Logan Act

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MAY 8, 2018

         THE LOGAN ACT WAS ENACTED IN 1799 AND MAKES IT A CRIMINAL OFFENSE FOR UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS TO NEGOTIATE WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS THAT HAVE A DISPUTE WITH THE UNITED STATES.

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY HAS BEEN IN TALKS WITCH IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER ABOUT PRESERVING THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS DEAL HE NEGOTIATED DURING HIS TIME IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. IRAN HAS A DISPUTE WITH THE UNITED STATES. DOES THAT MAKE KERRY IN VIOLATION OF THE LOGAN ACT? WILL THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PURSUE HIM? THE ANSWERS ARE PROBABLY YES, AND MOST LIKELY NO.

JUST AS WE HAVE ONLY ONE PRESIDENT AT A TIME, SO, TOO, DO WE HAVE ONLY ONE SECRETARY OF STATE AT A TIME TO CARRY OUT AN ADMINISTRATION’S FOREIGN POLICIES. WE WILL LIKELY KNOW THIS WEEK WHETHER PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVES IT IS IN AMERICA’S INTERESTS TO REMAIN IN THE IRAN DEAL, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU HAS RE-EMPHASIZED THAT IRAN HAS BEEN CHEATING ON THE DEAL EVEN AS IT CONTINUES TO BE THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE SPONSOR OF TERORISM, FUNDED IN PART WITH THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE GAVE THEM.

WHAT JOHN KERRY IS DOING IS OUTRAGEOUS. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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