WATCH: Trump says John Kerry should be prosecuted for Iran contacts
At a time of heightened tensions and threats from Iran, it’s a bit troubling to know that former Secretary of State John Kerry has met with the Iranians in the past and undercut the Trump administration policy in the past.
Now comes the troubling news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had dinner with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, according to Politico.
The Trump administration has the Constitutional authority to negotiate foreign policy. Members of Congress do not.
Feinstein’s office claimed that her dinner was “arranged in consultation with the State Department.”
But the State Department disputed that, saying they had not asked her to attend the dinner.
So there’s a real problem there not only that this was done without the permission of the administration, but also that there now appears to be falsely claiming they had consulted with the State Department.
And as Politico noted, Feinstein appeared to have been in communication with Zarif, she was caught by them with his information open on her iPhone.
From NY Post:
Asked about Feinstein’s meeting with Zarif, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the senator and Kerry for engaging Iran.
”These acts border — we all know the Logan Act — we all know the risks that is taken when people act as private citizens on behalf of the United States government,” Pompeo said during an interview on “Fox and Friends.”
The Logan Act, which was enacted in 1799, forbids private citizens from communicating with a foreign government having a dispute with the US.
The Pentagon is even talking with the administration about the possibility of having to send 10,000 troops to the Middle East to counter the threats, according to the Associated Press.
The fact that Feinstein at this juncture appears to be running around behind the back of the administration talking with Iran is just unconscionable.