by Walter W. Murray, reporter
Looks like former Secretary of State John Kerry might have something else in common with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Both served in the Senate, both cozied up to dictators as secretaries of state, and both suffered humiliating and humbling defeats in presidential elections.
And now, if one conservative magazine has its way, Kerry could join Clinton in another way… with calls to “LOCK HIM UP!”
Daniel Greenfield of Frontpage Magazine accused Kerry of colluding with foreign powers and undermining the work of the United States government and President Donald Trump.
Greenfield notes a report in the Boston Globe this year that said Kerry met with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif for what the newspaper called “unusual shadow diplomacy.”
He was trying to salvage the failed Iran nuclear deal.
“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,” the Globe report stated.
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“From the outside” as in working with foreign powers to undermine his own government, which ultimately scrapped the deal despite his “unusual shadow diplomacy.”
As Greenfield wrote, isn’t this exactly what got former National Security Advisory Michael Flynn in so much trouble?
“If we have an actual rule of law, then there will be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Kerry’s collusion with Iran,” Greenfield wrote. “Any meetings between members of the Iran Lobby, both official and unofficial, will be eavesdropped on by the NSA and their names unmasked at the request of Trump officials.”
The call isn’t just coming from Greenfield alone.
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“OMG! Logan Act violations!!” tweeted Rep. Devon Nunes (R-Calif.) with a link to the Globe story. “Send in the G Men…”
OMG! Logan Act violations!! Send in the G Men… https://t.co/FA1dydJGQb
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) May 4, 2018
The Logan Act forbids private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments to “defeat the measures of the United States.”
It’s hard to tell if Nunes was really calling for the “G Men” to arrest Kerry or if he was cheekily pointing out the utter hypocrisy of Flynn facing major legal jeopardy while Kerry gets off scot-free.
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But others have also slammed Kerry and wondered if he will ever face the consequences.
“Try to imagine for a second if some unelected diplomat from the Jimmy Carter administration had tried to interfere with President Reagan’s efforts to end the Cold War,” Charles Hurt wrote in the Washington Times in May. “Or if Condoleezza Rice had huddled with leaders from Iraq and Afghanistan to undermine President Obama’s policies in the region. Of course, you cannot imagine that because it is unimaginable that even Jimmy Carter would have ever hired such a buffoon so utterly committed to hurting America.”
With “collusion” now making headlines every day, Hurt wrote that “we should certainly take a hard look at Mr. Kerry.”
He also had a warning for the former secretary of state.
“And if he sets foot back at the United Nations or anywhere else Iran’s terror leaders can be found, Mr. Kerry should be arrested and thrown in jail,” he wrote.
Greenfield was even more blunt.
“It’s not just a Logan Act violation,” he wrote. “It’s treason.”
— Walter W. Murray is a reporter for The Horn News. He is an outspoken conservative and a survival expert, and is the author of “America’s Final Warning.”