During a question and answer session with President Trump today, he was asked about his son, Donald Trump Jr., being subpeonaed by Congress over his meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at the Trump Tower. The Mueller report, completely exonerated Donald Trump Jr. (See below)
After Trump responded to the reporters ridiculous question about his son, Don Jr., Trump was asked about what caused him to send an aircraft carrier near to Iran? He was also asked if he’s riskedconfrontation with Iran by sending it there? Trump told the reporters, “What I’d like to see from Iran—I’d like to see them call me. You know, John Kerry speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call.”
Trump then accused former Secretary of State John Kerry of violating the Logan Act. “That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that, but my people don’t want to do anything that’s—only the Democrats do that kind of stuff, you know.”
President Trump continued, “If it were the opposite way, they would prosecute him under the Logan Act, but John Kerry violated the Logan Act.He’s talking to Iran and has been, has many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do. That’s a total violation of the Logan Act.”
Trump told reporters that Iran’s in bad shape right now, saying, “They have inflation that’s the highest number I’ve ever heard. They are having riots every weekend and during the week even, and what they should be doing is calling me up, sitting down.
Trump told reporters he’s not interested in conflict with Iran and even believes the United States cana make a “fair deal” with them. “We can make a deal, a fair deal. We just don’t want them to have nuclear weapons. Not too much to ask, and we would help put them back into great shape” Trump said.
“They are in bad shape right now. I look forward to the day where we can actually help Iran. We’re not looking to hurt Iran.”
“I want them to be strong and great and have a great economy, but they are listening to John Kerry whose violated a very important element of what he’s supposed to be doing.”
“He violated the Logan Act, plain and simple. Shouldn’t be doing that, but they should call, and if they do, we’re open to talk to ’em.We have no secrets, and they can be very, very strong financially. They have great potential. Very much like North Korea. North Korea has tremendous potential economically, and I don’t think he’s going to blow that. I don’t think so,” Trump said.
President Trump appears to be correct about John Kerry violating the Logan Act, 18 U.S. Code § 953, as it does appear to prohibit the type of interference that former Secretary Kerry has engaged in with Iran.
The Logan Act reads:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.