Is John Kerry a Traitor?
WASHINGTON — May 30, 2018
This is not about John Kerry.
This is not about betrayal.
This is about the Law and about responsibility.
The main question is should everyone obey the law, or are there exceptions for some people? What should we do with Laws that we consider outdated? obey, ignore, or cancel them? Or to keep them lying around, but unenforced, just in case they may someday become useful?
Why are we asking and where does John Kerry fit into this? Recently Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made a demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, which could theoretically result in three years in federal prison. The allegations followed a new Boston Globe report on how former Secretary of State Kerry has been quietly working to save the Iran nuclear deal which he helped draft.
[Kerry] sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the pact limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings.
With the 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 the top US diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.
According to the Logan Act (1799 law), no private citizen may meet with a foreign power to negotiate a deal. Since Kerry was working directly against US policy and trying to sabotage the elected government the charge of treason could, theoretically, apply.
Did John Kerry break the Law? Certainly he did. Will he be punished? Let's see…