REPORT: Former Obama Officials Are Talking To Leaders In Iran – Have Been Doing So Since 2016

Some members of the Obama administration have apparently been going around the Trump administration and communicating with leaders in Iran. This is a potential violation of the Logan Act, and certainly a violation of political norms.

The Daily Beast reports:

Team Obama Tells Iran: Don’t Escalate, Don’t Take Trump’s Bait

As the Trump administration sent warplanes and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, a small group of former Obama administration officials reached out to their contacts in the Iranian government, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Their message to Iran: Don’t take Trump’s bait. Stay calm.

Conversations between former Obama officials and Iranian government officials have been ongoing since November 2016. Zarif, who visits the U.S. every year for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, usually meets with lawmakers, think tanks, journalists, and former officials when he is in town.

But the recent round of conversations, which took place over the phone and in person over the last two months, came as lines of communication between the U.S. and Iran, through intermediaries in Europe and elsewhere, deteriorated.

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The U.S. policy toward Iran—a scorched-earth campaign to crush the country’s economy—took a turn this month when the Trump administration, following new Iranian activity that concerned American intelligence and national-security officials, sent ships and B-52 bombers to the region in a show of force. That move fed fears of military conflict between the two powers.

Can you even imagine how Democrats and their friends in the media would have reacted if the Bush administration had done this to Obama?

People on Twitter are speaking out about this:

That last comment is so true.

 

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