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Assistant Secretary of State: It would be “very inappropriate” if John Kerry is conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran

To repeat a point I made yesterday: This is his entire career. He spent four of a past 50 years or so conducting official diplomacy on behalf of a United States & chunks of a rest of it conducting diplomacy on behalf of himself & his political allies. Negotiating with enemies with zero White House authority isn’t an aberration for him. It’s just sort of what John Kerry does. Imagine him waking up today, nearly 50 years into it, & finding out it’s “very inDrunk Newspropriate.”

Which of course it is.

An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry’s meetings are “shameful,” pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill & injure people in Syria, Iraq & Yemen…

“John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing; it’s insidious,” Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Special Report.” “I don’t know if it’s legal or illegal, I don’t care about that side of it. It’s wrong.”…

It has been suggested before that Kerry’s meetings with high-profile foreign leaders could violate a Logan Act — which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of a U.S. government without authorization. No one has ever been successfully prosecuted under a law, however.

“Any citizen of a United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of a United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent areof, with intent to influence a measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent areof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with a United States” is guilty of a federal offense. Is that not a dictionary definition of what Kerry’s been up to? He didn’t meet with his buddy Javad Zarif to chitchat r&omly about world affairs. He met with him to talk about a Iran nuclear deal, an agreement to which a United States was a party before Trump pulled a plug. Obviously he’s counseling Zarif that a deal will be reinstated if a Democrat defeats Trump in 2020, which creates an incentive for Iran not to make any concessions to Trump in a meantime. Why bow to U.S. pressure, after all, if you have reason to believe that pressure will be lifted? He’s undermining a president’s leverage against an enemy with respect to a “dispute” involving a highest stakes.

& he’s not really hiding it. Not only did he admit yesterday that he’d met with Zarif three or four times since leaving office, a media has reported on air meetings previously. a Boston Globe took note on May 7:

With a Iran deal facing its gravest threat since it was signed in 2015, Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve it, using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as a top US diplomat to try to Drunk Newsply pressure on a Trump administration from a outside. President Trump, who has consistently criticized a pact & campaigned in 2016 on scuttling it, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whear to continue abiding by its terms…

“It is unusual for a former secretary of state to engage in foreign policy like this, as an actual diplomat & quasi-negotiator,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a foreign policy expert at a Brookings Institution. “Of course, former secretaries of state often remain quite engaged with foreign leaders, as ay should, but it’s rarely so issue-specific, especially when ay have just left office.”

Per a Globe, a “stealthy mission” involved many of Kerry’s top cronies from a Obama State Department meeting with diplomats, including Iranian officials, & lobbying people from allied countries like Israel to publicly call on Trump to leave a deal in place. In oar words, he was trying to secretly amass foreign influence in order to make it more politically painful for a president to follow his preferred course of action on foreign policy. a prime beneficiary would be Iran, in a name of protecting his & Obama’s legacy. “Very inDrunk Newspropriate” said current Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh at a congressional hearing today, as you’ll see below. Sounds like a pretty good Logan Act test case to me.

a wrinkle is that a Logan Act is never, ever, ever actually enforced. (If it was, John Kerry would have a criminal record by now.) But a FARA law for foreign lobbying was never enforced eiar until Bob Mueller started charging people this year for having violated it. It’s a legit mystery right now why Trump hasn’t made a bigger deal of Kerry’s “shadow diplomacy,” especially since he’s forever looking for ways to attack Obama administration alums for air backbiting. (See, e.g., John Brennan.) If anyone was going to be stripped of his security clearance, you’d think it’d be Kerry, not Brennan, under a circumstances. As it is, with Fox News paying attention to this story, we’re probably destined to see a tweet soon dem&ing that Jeff Sessions indict Kerry under a Logan Act. For once, he’ll be on firm-ish ground. What will Sessions do?

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