Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia “probe” has been a total witch hunt trying to ruin everyone in President Donald Trump’s inner circle, critics say.
But it looks like Mueller’s overzealous team is about to unleash a MAJOR unintended consequence.
And it could land former Secretary of State John Kerry behind bars.
Yesterday, the Department of Justice charged two associates of former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with being unregistered foreign lobbyists, working on behalf of Turkey.
It’s unclear if there is any merit to the charges (and wasn’t this supposed to be a Russia probe anyway?).
But one thing is perfectly apparent. If the Justice Department is going to start cracking down on violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Kerry is in very big legal trouble.
It was widely reported that Kerry secretly met with Iranian officials in May to try to salvage the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, enacted under former President Barack Obama.
But Trump had made clear that he was dissatisfied with the pact and wanted to pull out — so Kerry sure wasn’t working on behalf of the American government.
Instead, Kerry was arguably serving as an unregistered lobbyist on behalf of Iranian interests. If the Mueller probe is truly unbiased, shouldn’t that also lead to criminal charges?
Trump himself raised the issue of potential criminal activity in September, tweeting that the meetings were “illegal” and asking, “Was [Kerry] registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?”
At the time, Fox News also raised the possibility that Kerry had violated the Logan Act, which prevents unauthorized people from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government.
And Kerry most certainly was not authorized.
If the Justice Department wants to get tough on unregistered, unauthorized influence-peddling with foreign governments, it’s time to take a hard look at Kerry.
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There appears to be ample evidence that he broke the law, after all.
Failing to prosecute him would constitute a dangerous double standard — and would call into question the legitimacy of the Mueller probe.
— David Martin is a reporter for The Horn News