President Donald Trump just unleashed a bombshell accusation against former Secretary of State John Kerry that could have him in prison.
The president said on Thursday that Kerry was in violation of the Logan Act for interfering with the administration by talking to and advising Iran.
The Logan Act, 18 U.S. Code § 953, does appear to prohibit the type of interference that former Secretary Kerry is engaged in, as it says:
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.
President Trump spoke about this when he was talking to reporters about a variety of topics and called for Kerry’s prosecution.
“What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me. John Kerry speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call.
Should Kerry be in prison?
“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.
“If it were the opposite way, they would prosecute him under the Logan Act, but John Kerry violated the Logan Act,” President Trump said.
“He’s talking to Iran and has been, has many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do.
“That is a total violation of the Logan Act because what they should be doing is their economy is a mess ever since I took await Iran deal.
“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.
“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.
“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 them.
“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,” he said.