Trump calls for prosecuting John Kerry for talking to Iran ,
“What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “John Kerry speaks to them a lot. 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 continued. “Only the Democrats do that kind of stuff. If it were the opposite way, they’d prosecute him under the Logan Act. But John Kerry violated the Logan Act.
He’s talking to Iran and … has many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do. That is a total violation of the Logan Act.”
The 220-year-old federal law criminalizes negotiating with foreign governments by unauthorized persons. No one has been convicted of violating it.
Trump last month asserted via Twitter that Kerry was violating the law: “Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?”
Kerry, who served as secretary of State under President Obama, helped deliver the 2015 Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which restricted Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.
In 2018, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal and has since re-imposed sanctions on Iran. Subsequently, Kerry admitted to meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” to discuss ways to save the landmark nuclear deal.
“Everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story,” Kerry’s spokesperson responded in a statement.