President Trump said Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act for speaking with the Iranian government and criticizing Trump’s policies in Iran.
“What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me. John Kerry, he speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call. That is a violation of the Logan Act. And frankly, he should be prosecuted on that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“But my people don’t want to do anything — only the Democrats do that kind of stuff. You know? If it were the opposite way, they would prosecute him under the Logan Act. But John Kerry violated the Logan Act,” Trump added.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 9, 2019
Trump said in April that John Kerry was giving Iran “ very bad advice.”
“Big violation of Logan Act?” Trump asked in a tweet last month.
Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil. Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal. Big violation of Logan Act?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2019
The Logan Act forbids private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without permission from the U.S.
Kerry, who served as Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017 under Barack Obama, helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, which offered sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program.
Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal a year ago despite objections from allies that remained in it.
Kerry has been a fierce critic of Trump’s policy on Iran.
The Logan Act for an unauthorized American citizen to communicate with foreign officials in order to “influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government” in a dispute with the United States or “to defeat the measures of the United States.”
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 9, 2019