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Kerry Seen as Helping Iran ‘Drive Wedge’ Between US, Allies

John Kerry enemies ego arrogance TrumpFormer Secretary of State John Kerry’s secret negotiations to try to preserve the Iran nuclear deal went well beyond what most past secretaries of state have done, a veteran expert on the Middle East says.

“Many former secretaries of state remain actively engaged in foreign affairs,” Jim Phillips, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “To my knowledge, one has never undermined a succeeding administration to this degree, especially with such a long-term adversary as Iran.”

President Donald Trump announced in May that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran deal, which also included Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia. Kerry oversaw the Obama administration’s negotiations of an agreement to slow Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Kerry, a former U.S. senator from Massachusetts who was the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2004, said Wednesday on commentator Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” about salvaging the agreement.

“I told him, ‘Look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting, you know, an ongoing struggle there,’” Kerry said.

“They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues,” he told Hewitt. “But the [Trump] administration has taken a very different tack.”

Kerry later told Fox News Channel’s Dana Perino that he met with Zarif two or three times.

Kerry may have assisted Iran with one goal, Phillips said.

“Iran wanted to drive a wedge between the United States and European allies,” Phillips, who specializes in Middle Eastern affairs, said. “This undermines the Trump administration without producing any benefits for the United States.”

Some critics allege that Kerry, who has no official U.S. government authority, violated the Logan Act of 1779, which states:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Phillips noted that no one has been prosecuted under the Logan Act, so it would be a difficult case to make.

“We’re not going to comment,” said a White House National Security Council spokesman. “That a former secretary of state tried to interfere with current policy says everything.”

Some political observers say Kerry is considering challenging Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

In his interview Wednesday with Hewitt, Kerry confirmed previous reports that he met with Iranian officials. Those reports prompted Trump in May to charge Kerry of conducting “shadow diplomacy.”

Kerry served as secretary of state during Barack Obama’s second term as president, from 2013 through 2016.

In 2015, he headed negotiations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the U.S.-led multilateral agreement with Iran. The deal removed sanctions on Iran in return for the Islamist regime’s ceasing to develop nuclear weapons for 10 years.

“People talk about the Iran deal as Obama’s legacy, but it has Kerry’s fingerprints all over it,” Heritage’s Phillips said. “He also is responsible for the Syrian chemical weapons agreement. Syria violated that from the start. He didn’t seem aware the Iran deal could turn out the same.”

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Fred Lucas

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PaulE

So Kerry admits he is openly working to undermine both the Trump administration and United States national security interests and absolutely nothing happens to him. Not arrested. Not brought in for questioning by either the DOJ, FBI, CIA or any other agency of the federal government. Amazing? No of course not. He is a high ranking Democrat and thus exempt from any and all laws and national security standards that the average person is held to account for. Can’t wait to hear the lame excuses from both Sessions (DOJ) and Wray (FBI) as to why Kerry is still walking around a free man after confessing to assisting a foreign power on how to subvert the policies of the United States. In essence, acting as an agent of a foreign power, which is already listed as an enemy of the United States. This calls for popcorn!

Ed M

Here is another good reason to yank the security clearance from former politicians.

Lynn

Kerry is a treasonous National disgrace and should be treated as such!

Craig Mellor

This guy turned on the troops that were fighting in Vietnam; he helped secure billions of dollars for Iran that he himself admitted a lot of it would go to support terrorist groups in the Middle East; and now he is trying to undermine the Trump Administration and the United States government in their dealings with the biggest state sponsor of terrorism on this planet!! This is simply an attempt at outright subversion of the United States and an attempt to bring down a sitting President because of Kerry’s Socialist ideology !!! Another disciple of Saul Alinsky and a member of Barack Obama’s Deep State attempt to bring a Socialist dictatorship to America!!! He needs to be stopped!!! Where is the DOJ???

Doug Clark

First, pull Kerry’s security clearance.
Second, indict Kerry for espionage.

Helen E

Limbaugh often refers to Kerry as Lurch, and he resembles him more every day. Kerry is a walking nightmare! He is totally obsessed with himself and must be the spiritual twin of Kim Jong Un. They both have eccentric hairstyles, and an affinity for communism. I wish he would fade away with the Catsup Countess never to be heard from again. He deserves time in the dungeon!! No popcorn for me but a few rotten tomatoes might come in handy!

JoeM

Arrest this traitor for treason and throw the key away.

Paul W

A traitor that should be charged as such.

Thomas H

This isn’t the first time Lerch sided with the enemy.

Charles Roach

Mr. Kerry always was and always will be a traitor.

Melvyn Butcher

I don’t understand it. If these idiots were conservatives they would be in jail. The left can say or do just about anything with no consequences. Something is terribly wrong here.

Albert J. Evans

If we are supposed to be a nation of laws, why is he not being charged with a federal crime?

Dolores Aams

Wasn’t JOHN KERRY a traitor during the Viet Nam War? AT least that’s what I’ve heard, so I wouldn’t trust him for anything.

Gem

You know one of the reasons Kerry is doing is this because he has been having mud smeared on his face. He has lost the respect of many people and probably leaders of nations because who could possibly trust him ever again? And yes, he should go to jail a long time for abrogating the Logan Act. He is a self admitted traitor. Only Pusillanimous Cowards will not pursue this…and those who want to see the absolute downfall of the USA.

Phyllis

He should be charged for treason.

mytake

He is a traitor also. What a disgrace. Unbelievable

Jose P

Another Democrat criminal. Lock him up with Hillary. But you know the worthless establishment RINOs won’t do a damn thing about it. They are too busy hiding their own complicity in the “get Trump” coup.

Carol L. Baril

Nothing will happen to Kerry, no matter what he does! The left has the MSM on their side and the useful idiots that vote for them! The double standard in this country makes me sick! The lying left makes me sick! We are supposed to be a nation of laws and those laws are supposed to be few and come from the legislative branch, NOT the president or the court system! The left has played games with this country long enough and because the right is scared to death of the MSM and all the lies of the left, nothing ever happens to these leftist politicians! Those on the right get tar and feathered and are forced to leave! But the left…nothing ever happens (unless of course they are caught with their pants down…Al Franken). The Constitution should be the document that keeps everything in balance that is what the… Read more »

Dennis

I try to avoid using the label “traitor” as it is way overused these days, but in my mind, Kerry fits the definition to a T, going back to his days of meeting with the North Vietnamese during that war. It is my understanding that he was still active duty Navy when he was doing that.

He’s gotten away with this crap fat too long – GET HIM President Trump!

Anthony Green

Kerry-“I really liked the Iran Deal before I didn’t.” IDIOT!!