We all know that John Kerry held illegal secret talks with high-ranking Iranian officials at a time when President Trump was in office. This is a clear violation of the Logan Act that prevents private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. You could call it treason and I do. But now, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) has obtained a memo that shows that a variety of others also met with the Iranians in secret.
In a shocking finding from our FOIA lawsuit, we unearthed that former Obama-Biden officials were conducting secret meetings with Iran during the time that President Trump was in office.
It’s outrageous & shocking. Read our article here: https://t.co/COJXwygRRB
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) May 26, 2022
ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said:
“According to this memo, the previously unreported ‘off-the-record meeting’ took place at the ‘Iranian Ambassador’s Residence, NYC,’ on October 4, 2018 – just days after major media coverage of Kerry’s admission of the secret efforts. The memo we unearthed contains notes on the former U.S. diplomats’ conversation with Zarif and his responses “to questions posed by a group of US former ambassadors and policy analysts.”
Former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to undermine Trump occurred at the same time that President Trump was extricating us from the one-sided nuclear deal Obama negotiated when he was the resident of the White House. But the memo obtained by the ALCJ is from October 2018, titled “Notes From ‘Iran and the US: An Off-the-Record Conversation with Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif.” This memo had never been seen before and it proves that John Kerry isn’t the only one who violated the Logan Act. We have yet to find out who the others were.
“The newly obtained memo, regarding the secret meeting between [Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad] Zarif and these former U.S. officials, included discussions of nuclear weapons, potential prisoner swaps, Afghanistan withdrawal and negotiations with the Taliban, Houthi rebels, Syria, Suleimani’s popularity in Iran, and the ‘region in turmoil,’” Sekulow continues. “This is precisely why we sent this FOIA request: to uncover actions of then-former U.S. diplomats – those who worked for the Obama-Biden Administration but who then went to work undermining President Trump and the core policies he campaigned on and succeeded.”
“[Former Secretary of State] Kerry himself admitted his part in this scheme,” Sekulow added. “And here we obtained a memo showing just that: an off-the-record meeting between Zarif and ‘former’ U.S. diplomats right in the middle of the Trump Administration and during the time President Trump was working through the aftermath of withdrawing the United States from the farce known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear deal.”