Former Secretary of State John Kerry has finally admitted to engaging in what some are calling “shadow diplomacy” by meeting with Iranian officials in an attempt to save the Iranian nuclear deal. Kerry said he’s met with Iranian officials at least “three or four times” in recent months, which also raises serious questions about whether he can be prosecuted for attempting to advocate for policy on behalf of the U.S. government, in opposition to the president, as a private citizen.
In fact, this is a clear violation of the Logan Act. Many people are asking when Kerry will be arrested.
During an interview Wednesday with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt, Kerry was asked about President Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran, one of the Obama administration’s signature “victories.”
Kerry said he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif — the onetime negotiator for the deal — several times in recent months behind the Trump administration’s back.
“I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said, referring to Zarif.
While Iran has been reportedly planning terror attacks, chanting death to America, and assisting terror groups in the region — Kerry has apparently been secretly trying to help Zarif preserve the nuclear deal with European nations.
“What I have done is try to elicit from him [Zarif] what Iran might be willing to do to change the dynamic of the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said.
“How does one resolve Yemen, what do you do to try and get peace in Syria? Those are the things that really are preoccupying him because those are the impediments to Iran’s ability to convince people its ready to embrace something different.”
Kerry claims he has been “tough” on Iran and Zarif, but given that the Obama administration gave the regime everything it wanted and more to finalize the agreement, many would agree that the former secretary of state is anything but stern.
“I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif. I told him, ‘Look, you guys need to recognize the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen,'” Kerry added. “You’re supporting an ongoing struggle there.”
Kerry went on to further attack the Trump administration, saying, “it appears right now, as if the administration is hell-bent … to pursue a regime change strategy” in Iran that would “bring the economy down and try to isolate further.”
Iranian leaders have publicly stated several times in recent months — in the same time frame that they have been meeting with Kerry — that they have no intention of meeting with the Trump administration.
It’s also fair to question if Kerry is in violation of the U.S. federal law for trying to do political work on behalf of the U.S. government when he is a private citizen. He admittedly has been meeting with foreign leaders to advocate U.S. policy on the nuclear agreement — is that not against the law?
Kerry — who is also reportedly under fire over allegations that he abused his power to funnel millions of dollars from the State Department to the Peace Corps to help his daughter’s organization — has a long history of shady behavior.
And now that he has finally admitted to taking part in “shadow diplomacy” to undermine the Trump administration’s stance on Iran, many would agree that serious action should be taken against the former official for likely breaking the law.