Rubio asks Barr to investigate Kerry over Iran meetings
Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDozens of states consider move to permanent daylight saving time Trump Jr. subpoena spotlights GOP split over Russia probes US imposes sanctions on shipping firms, tankers tied to Venezuela MORE (R-Fla.) is asking Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump lashes out at Dem talk of ‘constitutional crisis’ Dems warn of ‘constitutional crisis’ but wary of impeachment Schiff dismisses Trump’s threat to investigate Biden MORE to investigate if former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryHarris demands Barr clarify if Trump has asked him to investigate anyone Kerry fires back after Trump accuses him of violating the Logan Act: ‘He’s wrong’ Trump says John Kerry should be prosecuted under Logan Act MORE broke federal law over his talks with Iranian officials.
Rubio sent a letter to Barr doubling down on his request for the Justice Department to investigate Kerry, a request he also made last year to then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein leaves Justice after eventful tenure Barr cracks joke about contempt vote: ‘This must be a record’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Barr held in contempt after Trump invokes executive privilege, angering Dems MORE.
“The Department of Justice should therefore make a determination on whether or not former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s recent actions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran potentially violate the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” Rubio wrote in the letter to Barr.
He added that “the American people deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position.”
Rubio’s letter comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules Authorities investigating shooting near Trump resort in Florida Trump: ‘China is dreaming’ Biden, other Dems get elected MORE and Kerry locked horns last week.
Trump told reporters late last week that Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act for speaking with Iranian officials and criticizing Trump’s policies in Iran.
“What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump said. “John Kerry speaks to them a lot, and John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that.”
The Logan Act bans private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without permission from the U.S. Violating the obscure law is a felony, but only two people have ever been charged with doing so and nobody has ever been convicted.
A spokesperson for Kerry told CNN that “everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story.”
“He’s wrong about the facts, wrong about the law, and sadly he’s been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep America safe,” the spokesperson added.
Kerry helped negotiate the nuclear deal between the U.S. and several world powers with Iran during the Obama administration, a deal Trump pulled out of last year.
The former secretary of State said last year that he had met with Iran’s foreign minister “three or four” times since leaving office to discuss the nuclear pact, among other issues.