Imagine for a second if a Republican held secret meetings with Iran. As President Trump would say, there’s be “very serious ramifications” for it.
President Trump accused Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and former Secretary of State John Kerry with violating the Logan Act by holding meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
“Kerry & Murphy violated the Logan Act,” Trump tweeted. “This is why Iran is not making a deal. Must be dealt with strongly!”
John Kerry and Senator Chris Murphy grossly violated the Logan Act with respect to Iran. If a Republican did what they did, there would be very serious ramifications!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
Murphy confirmed the meeting with Zarif two weeks ago at the Munich Security Conference, boasting that “if Trump isn’t going to talk to Iran, then someone should.”
2/ First, I urged him to control any Iranian proxies in Iraq who might attack U.S. forces and allies there.
Second, I pressed him to release American citizens being unlawfully detained in Iran.
Third, I pushed him to end the Houthi blockage of humanitarian aid in Yemen.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 18, 2020
In response to the president’ tweet, Murphy wrote, “Iran restarted their nuclear program, fired at our troops, upped support for proxies. Your Iran policy is a disastrous failure.”
No actually Murphy, as a resident of Connecticut, you are a disastrous failure as a senator.
Murphy added, “And FYI I’m the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Middle East,” he added. “It’s literally my job to meet with regional leaders.”
Murphy, the consummate legend in his own mind.
The Logan Act, passed in 1799, prohibits any U.S. citizen from engaging, “without authority of the United States,” with foreign governments in dispute with the United States. In the history of the act, only two people have ever been charged, both in the 19th century, and neither was convicted.
The act reads:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government, or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Murphy posted an online article in which he said he had:
“no delusions about iran—they are our adversary, responsible for the killing of thousands of Americans and unacceptable levels of support for terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East.”
“But I think it’s dangerous not to talk to your enemies.”
Murphy also said that he had raised with Zarif the question of reprisal attacks following the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the civil war in Yemen, and the issue of Americans incarcerated in Iran.
“I cannot conduct diplomacy on behalf of the whole of the U.S. government, and I don’t pretend to be in a position to do so. But if Trump isn’t going to talk to Iran, then someone should.”
Murphy also said that he had met Zarif previously, including during the Trump administration.
Kerry apparently formed a connection with Zarif when they negotiated the nuclear deal during the Obama administration—Zarif frequently says they spent more time with each other than their wives over that period—had also met privately several times since Kerry left office.
Zarif was also apparently close to Soleimani, whom the president referred to as “the Iranian regime’s most ruthless butcher,” responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American military personnel during the Iraq war, as well as civilians estimated in the thousands.
Zarif has also paid homage to two senior Hezbollah terrorists, who were held responsible for terrorist attacks, including the one on the U.S. military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, which accounted for the largest one-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II.
Last July, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Zarif for sanctions as part of an executive order which targeted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his office. The designation said that apart from Zarif’s role implementing Khamenei’s “reckless agenda,” additional information indicated that he “oversees a foreign ministry that has coordinated with one of the Iranian regime’s most nefarious state entities, the IRGC-Quds Force, which is designated pursuant to terrorism and human rights authorities.”
The Quds Force is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ division that is responsible for terrorist and military operations abroad. Soleimani headed the unit for more than two decades before his death in Baghdad in January.
Here is what we reported last week:
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 and was not 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 fraud. He is a fierce Trump opponent that 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.
Trump: Murphy's Secret Iran Meeting Sounds Like A 'Violation Of The Logan Act' ?
Chris Murphy (D) previously called for the Department of Justice to investigate former national security adviser Michael Flynn for violating the Logan Act in 2017. #Terrorism https://t.co/purBheRLmF
— TheCyberChick (@warriors_mom) February 18, 2020
“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.
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. 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.
— Bauer (@2001scuba) February 19, 2020
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.”
However, let’s look at this tweet just days before Trump had Soleimani taken out:
The attack on our embassy in Baghdad is horrifying but predictable.
Trump has rendered America impotent in the Middle East. No one fears us, no one listens to us.
America has been reduced to huddling in safe rooms, hoping the bad guys will go away.
What a disgrace.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 31, 2019
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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