Lately former Secretary of State John Kerry has been urging the Palestinian authorities not to give in to the demands of the Trump Administration, even going so far as to tell them to play for time (apparently Kerry thinks the Donald would not be in office much longer- I guess he thinks Democrats will win both houses of Congress in this year’s mid-term elections and thus be in position to impeach the Donald and remove him from office).
Kerry’s attempts to undermine the foreign policy of the Trump Administration are a violation of the Logan Act, which specifically prohibits a private citizen (which, of course, John Kerry is) “with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of 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.”
This is not the first time John Kerry has engaged in unauthorized contact with representatives of a foreign government. In May 1970 (after he had been discharged from the Navy), Kerry met with representatives of North Vietnam’s government and its ally the Provisional Revolutionary Government at the Paris Peace Talks in an attempt to negotiate an end to the Vietnam War. He is also said to have contacted them again in 1971.
By doing so, he had violated not only the Logan Act, but also the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which warns about anyone who “without proper authority, knowingly harbors or protects or gives intelligence to or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly.” For having unauthorized contact with the enemy, he could have been subject to the death penalty.
So why was John Kerry never prosecuted? Was the United States Government afraid to do so due to his involvement with the Anti-War Movement (in which prosecuting him would make him a martyr)? Or was it because he had allegedly been pardoned during the Carter Administration? If so, such a pardon would be on record, and thus accessible to the public. But it appears that no such record (let alone a pardon) exists.
Of course, such treason is limited to John Kerry. Hillary Clinton had authorized the sale of the Canadian mining firm Uranium One to Rosatom, a nuclear company owned by the Russian Government while she served as Secretary of State (note: this is just one of many illegal activities and scandals she has been involved in). Meanwhile, Barack Obama could also be charged with treason, since his administration was responsible for the Iran Nuclear Deal, a deal that is not only illegal, but also in which John Kerry had a role.
In conclusion, the Trump Administration needs to prosecute all three of these individuals to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, the constant allegations brought against the Trump Administration are apparently preventing such action from taking place.
photo credit: Excerpted from: U.S. Department of State Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Phillips Visit Duomo di Milano in Milan Following Series of Meetings via photopin (license)