Democrat senators meet in secret with foreign minister of Iran, leading state sponsor of terrorism

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Last weekend, a group of Democratic senators reportedly met in secret with Iran’s foreign minister during a foreign policy conference, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not happy.

The delegation, led by do-nothing Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, had the secret meeting with Javad Zarif during the annual Munich Security Conference, where Pompeo was an official speaker.

The meeting appears to have been held in secret to avoid media scrutiny.  It also wasn’t sanctioned by the U.S. government. The State Department has made it clear that they had no role in facilitating the meeting nor did they back it.

With Iran being one of the world’s foremost state sponsors of terrorism and anti-Semitism, the fact that Murphy and the other Democratic senators met with Zarif is being called into question.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters during a tour through Africa pulled no punches.

“This guy is designated by the United States,” he said, referring to Zarif’s recent addition to official U.S. terrorism lists.

“He’s the foreign minister for a country that shot down an airliner and has yet to turn over the black boxes,” Pompeo continued, referring to the recent shooting-down of a commercial airliner that killed everyone on board.

“This is the foreign minister of a country that killed an American on December 27. This is the foreign minister of a country that is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror and the world’s largest sponsor of anti-Semitism.”

“If they met,” referring to the Democratic senators, “I don’t know what they said. I hope they were reinforcing America’s foreign policy, not their own.”

Let’s face facts here. Murphy is a fierce Trump opponent who never misses an opportunity to slam the president or any member of his administration.

In February 2017, Murphy demanded an investigation of then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because he had a phone call with his Russian counterpart-to-be.

“Any effort to undermine our nation’s foreign policy—even during a transition period—may be illegal and must be taken seriously,” Murphy said at the time, after anonymous leaks of Flynn’s phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak were published.

Murphy also strongly criticized an open letter that some Republican senators had sent to Iranian leaders during the Obama administration’s campaign to get a nuclear agreement with Iran, which was ultimately given and resulted in giving the farm to Iran.

Murphy, gutless wonder that he is, ducked the media for a few days, but finally admitted on Tuesday that he had met with Zarif.

He defended the meeting and said the reason for the meeting was simple: “It’s dangerous not to talk to your enemies.”

“I have no delusions about Iran—the are our adversary, responsible for the killing of thousands of Americans and unacceptable levels of support for terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East,” he wrote.

“Discussions and negotiations are a way to ease tensions and reduce the chances for crisis. But Trump of course, has no such interests.”

On Tuesday, President Trump weighed in, saying:

“I saw that Sen. Murphy met with the Iranians, is that a fact?” Trump asked reporters before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. “I just saw that on the way over. Is there anything I should know? Because that sounds like, to me, a violation of the Logan Act.”

“What happened with that?” Trump continued. “They ought to find out about if it’s true. I don’t know.”

The Logan Act, which was signed into law in 1799 basically prohibits engaging in negotiations with a foreign country in an attempt to interfere with the Executive (president).

There are only two instances in history where the Logan Act has been invoked, the last of which was in 1853. Neither indictment resulted in a conviction.

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Despite Murphy’s grandstanding, it is believed that the senators met with Zarif to try to save the nuclear deal, which President Trump canceled over protests from Democrats.

Why? Because, Democrats never met a terrorist they didn’t like. Murphy, for example, instead of praising the taking out of terrorist Qassim Soleimani late last year, criticized the administration’s action.

He claimed that Trump’s “assassination” of Soleimani had made the U.S. less safe and could cost “thousands of American lives.” Murphy, ever the drama queen claimed that Trump had “no clear strategy regarding Iran” and had ‘relative amateurs at his side” advising him.

Ironically, just three days before, Murphy had tweeted about the embassy attack that it was “horrifying but predictable.” 

He continued:

“Trump has rendered America impotent in the Middle East. No one fears us, no one listens to us.” 

That didn’t age well. 

He further said in a Tweet:

“An unstable president in way over his head, panicking, with all his experienced advisers having quit, and only the sycophantic amateurs remaining,” Murphy said. “Assassinating foreign leaders, announcing plans to bomb civilians. A nightmare.”

Drama queen.

Despite criticizing Michael Flynn’s contact with his Russian counterpart, Murphy has no such problems with rogue meetings, as long as they are done by Democrats, like himself of former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Christine Whiton, former State Department senior advisor for President Trump and George W. Bush said:

“Unless it was authorized by the president or secretary of state, conducting independent foreign policy sends mixed signals to our adversaries. It seems very unpalatable. If we want to talk to Iranians, they know how to reach us, and they don’t need to go through an intermediary.”

Murphy is a one-trick pony. Oppose Trump at all costs. Heck, Murphy didn’t even have a residence in Connecticut last time we looked. What an abject embarrassment to Connecticut residents.

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