Last year it was reported that John Kerry told Iran to basically ‘wait out’ Trump’s presidency. If true, and all accounts of the incident suggest it is, that was a violation of the Logan Act.
Trump mentioned this during a press briefing yesterday and said that Kerry should be prosecuted for it.
ABC News reports:
Trump calls for John Kerry to be prosecuted for Iran talks amid heightened tensions
President Donald Trump went after former Secretary of State John Kerry again Thursday, calling for the former senator and top U.S. diplomat to be prosecuted for meeting with Iranian leaders and “telling them what to do.”
It’s an accusation that Kerry strongly denies and that legal scholars question the merits of as well. A source close to Kerry said that he has not talked to Iranian leaders since Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal…
“John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that, but my people don’t want to do anything,” he said Thursday during a White House announcement on cutting costs for medical expenses.
“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,” Trump continued.
Watch the video below:
President Trump on Iran: "I'd like them to call me. You know, John Kerry speaks to them a lot. @JohnKerry tells them not to call. That's a violation of the Logan Act. And, frankly, he should be prosecuted on that." pic.twitter.com/Y145xDnb3g
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 9, 2019
Kerry responded through a spokesman who tried to brush the whole thing off.
In response, Kerry spokesman Matt Summers told POLITICO that “everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story.”
“[Trump’s] wrong about the facts, wrong about the law, and sadly he’s been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep America safe,” the Kerry spokesman said. “Secretary Kerry helped negotiate a nuclear agreement that worked to solve an intractable problem. The world supported it then and supports it still. We’d hope the president would focus on solving foreign policy problems for America instead of attacking his predecessors for theater.”
Kerry’s statement doesn’t change the facts.
Imagine the reaction of Democrats and media if someone from the Bush administration had done this to Obama.
It would have been the crime of the century.