Remember When Trump Accused Kerry of Violating the Logan Act? Uh-Oh

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Ya can’t make it up. Here – right here – is then-President Trump accusing then-former Secretary of State John Kerry of violating the Logan Act:

The Logan Act, to remind, was passed in the long-ago dawn of the Republic in 1799 – when John Adams was busy being the second President of the United States! To crib from Wikipedia, the Logan Act “criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government’s position.” Violation of the Logan Act is a felony.

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The Logan Act has been rarely used in American history. Yet it was in the news not that long ago that Democrats were demanding the Logan Act be invoked against then-President-elect Trump’s incoming national security adviser General Michael Flynn.

Recall that the accusation against Flynn revolved around his conversation with the Russian Ambassador – a conversation well within his rights as he was the named if not yet installed National Security adviser to the incoming president. There was nothing in the least wrong, much less illegal, about this. Way back in 1976, then ex-Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, then the new Democratic presidential nominee, dispatched the longtime statesman and Democrat, Ambassador Averill Harriman, to the Soviet Union for talks with President Leonid Brezhnev. No one blinked.

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But in 2017, 17 House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform committee demanded that because General Flynn “secretly discussed with the Russian ambassador, in possible violation of the Logan Act, sanctions imposed by President Obama” Flynn should be investigated and prosecuted.

In 2020, declassified documents revealed that in January of 2017 then-outgoing Vice President Joe Biden suggested in an Oval Office meeting with President Obama that Flynn be prosecuted. It didn’t happen. Flynn, take note, was later prosecuted for making false statements to the FBI.

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Now? Now here comes the validation that what President Trump was discussing about John Kerry in 2018 was in fact correct. Kerry, per the leaked tapes out of Iran, was indeed having conversations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He is, with specificity, said by Zarif to have told the Iranian about “over 200 covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.” 

Astonished Republican Senators are abruptly calling for Kerry to be investigated if not fired by Biden outright.

All of which is to remind that, yes again, then-President Trump was 100% right about Kerry in 2018.

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