Sen. Marco Rubio wrote a letter to Attorney General Barr asking the Department of Justice to investigate potential legal violations by former Secretary of State John Kerry following President Trump‘s accusation that he violated the Logan Act by talking with Iranian officials after leaving the office.
On Monday, Marco Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent AG Barr a letter asking the DOJ to investigate former Secretary of State Kerry for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Logan Act.
John Kerry had talked to Iranian officials many times in attempts to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action he negotiated in motion after President Trump backed out of it last year.
In his letter, Marco Rubio proclaimed that the Americans “deserve[d] to know” that laws will be enforced regardless of the previous positions held by those who try to break them. He continued and demanded that the DOJ “make a determination” on whether John Kerry broke the law.
“The American people deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position. 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.” Said Rubio.
Sen. Rubio also included the original letter that he sent to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year asking for an investigation into John Kerry.
The Logan Act makes it a crime for an American citizen to negotiate deals with a foreign government during international disputes with no federal approval.
FARA is described by the DOJ as “a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities.”
As previously reported, President Trump accused John Kerry of violating the Logan Act while answering questions at the White House last week. President Trump added that John Kerry “should be prosecuted” for the alleged Logan Act violation.