Donald Trump has been creating enemies out of smoke and mirrors. He thought it would be a good idea to have someone dig an obscure law out of the dustiest of law books, so that he could aim it at one of his so-called enemies. Today, he chose a law that is truly a felony — but only two people have ever been arrested and charged with violating it, and absolutely no one has ever been convicted breaking this law in the country’s history. Then, he sighted it on a so-called Democrat enemy.
In a White House press conference, the president accused former Secretary of State John Kerry of violating the Logan Act. This law forbids private citizens from going into negotiations with foreign governments all on their own, without permission from the U.S. government.
The commander-in-chief claimed that Secretary Kerry had spoken to Iranian officials, criticizing the U.S. Iranian policies in a White House press briefing:
‘What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me. John Kerry speaks to them a lot, and John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that. (Trump’s) people don’t want to do anything, only the Democrats do that kind of stuff.’
Kerry followed Secretary Hillary Clinton as secretary of State for President Barack Obama. He worked on The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for years and was integral in getting the treaty signed. It was between Iran and the P5+1 (China France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and removed sanctions by all involved in return for Iran dialing back its nuclear program.
When Trump took office, he quickly began dismantling each of his predecessor’s achievements. One of those was the nuclear treaty with Iran. One year ago, POTUS pulled the U.S. out of the agreement. Since then, America has continued to reinstall sanctions. When Iran began a partial pullout of the remaining agreement, Trump sanctioned the nation’s steel, copper, and aluminum and others in the metal sector.
Kerry has criticized the U.S. president bitterly, especially around Trump’s decisions on Iran. Last year, the former secretary met with the foreign minister of Iran several times to talk about the nuclear deal. Trump was not pleased.
Representing the president on the Sunday talk shows, Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton made the announcement that the U.S. had deployed its carrier strike group plus a bomber task force to the Middle East. Trump has called the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization.” He also told White House reporters that military action was a possibility.
Other U.S. officials have noted that there have been “credible threats” from Iran, but they refused to go into detail about what those were.
Reporters asked the president whether moving up the date for the carrier to arrive in the Persian Gulf was a good idea. He responded that Iran was being “very threatening:”
‘We have information that you don’t want to know about. They were very threatening, and we just want to have — we have to have great security for this country.’
Bolton has traditionally been a war hawk, but Trump said that he has “tempered” his NSA:
‘He has strong views on things but that’s okay. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing. I’m the one that tempers him. That’s okay. I have different sides. I have John Bolton and other people that are a little more dovish than him. I like John.’