Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed President Trump’s claim that John Kerry violated the Logan Act, saying he witnessed the former secretary of state meeting with Iranian leaders.
“It’s true. I was there in Munich … I saw not only Kerry … [others] met with the Iranian leadership,” Pompeo told “Fox and Friends” on Thursday.
“It’s unusual, but more importantly, it’s wrong.”
The Logan Act bars unauthorized persons from negotiating with foreign governments.
A spokesman for Kerry, Matt Summers, said earlier this month in a statement that Trump’s claim “is simply wrong, end of story.”
Trump said Kerry was engaged in secret talks with Iranian diplomats in an effort to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal after it was canceled by Trump.
“What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me,” Trump said. “John Kerry, he speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call. That is a violation of the Logan Act. And frankly, he should be prosecuted on that.”
The United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018. At the time, Trump called the agreement “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made. He said “it didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
In the “Fox and Friends” interview, Pompeo said “every American should support America’s foreign policy.”
“They had their moment, they had their day,” he said regarding the Obama administration. “It’s time to get off the stage.”
Feinstein met with Iranian foreign minister
Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., met recently for dinner with the Iranian foreign minister who worked with Kerry on the Iran deal in 2015, Javad Zarif, Politico reported Thursday.
The meeting took place, the New York Post noted, as the Trump administration sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to respond to Iran’s threats against U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Feinstein, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the dinner was “arranged in consultation with the State Department.”
“The office was in touch with State in advance of the meeting to let them know it was happening and to get an update on U.S.-Iran activity,” Feinstein’s office said.