Florida Senator Marco Rubio, asked the Department of Justice on Tuesday to determine whether the former Secretary of state John Kerry violated Federal laws by holding meetings with the Iranian foreign Minister.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., requested that the Ministry of justice to check whether the former Secretary of state John Kerry violated Federal blasted laws by meeting with the foreign Minister of Iran, a move already, from top Trump government officials.
In a letter to state attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, Rubio said that Americans “deserve that U.S. laws be enforced, regardless of each individual’s past position.” He urged the Department to determine whether Kerry violated the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The Logan Act forbids unauthorized persons to negotiate with a foreign government in respect of all disputes with the United States, whereas the Foreign Agents Registration Act is a law that requires that persons or companies on behalf of foreign governments, political parties or persons for the disclosure of all details of your interactions.
Last week, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and his predecessor blasted for “actively undermining” the U.S. policy by holding meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif since his departure from the office. Pompeo called it “unseemly and unprecedented” and “beyond inappropriate.”
“You can’t find a precedent for in the history of the United States, and Secretary Kerry is the kind of behavior should not going to participate,” said Pompeo.
Pompeo, who said he would be the “statutory provisions on the other,” Kerry sharply criticized for cooperation with “the world’s largest state sponsor of terror” and told Iran to “wait from this government.”
Reports on Kerry with Zarif appeared to meet first in may. Kerry confirmed that the two had met several times in a radio interview.
Kerry said he had met three or four times with Zarif since he left office, but had since Pompeo took the job in April. One of the meetings took place in Norway, another in Germany and a third is said according to reports, happened at the headquarters of the United Nations, which is technically not on American soil.
During the meetings between private American citizens and foreign officials is not illegal or in violation of the provisions of the Covenant, Josh Rosenstein, a partner in the Washington law firm Sandler, Reiff, and a specialist in the lobbying compliance, told The Associated Press there are too many unanswered questions – in particular, where the meeting took place and what was specifically discussed.
“The devil is always in the Detail,” Rosenstein, the AP said. “Simply advising a foreign government is not a foreign agent.”
Kerry said the radio show was he not coaching the Iranians on how to use the trump card-management, but “rather is trying to elicit from him (Mohammad Javad Zarif) on what Iran might be willing to do to change the dynamics in the Middle East for the better.”
President Trump, for the agreement in may, also in mixed on social media late Thursday meeting in relation to Kerry with Zarif and the “very aggressive Iranian regime.”
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very aggressive Iranian Regime, can only serve, to our great work to the detriment of the American people offer tweeted” Trump. “He told them, to wait the Trump Administration! He was registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”
Kerry spokesman Matt Summers said in a statement, “There is nothing unusual, let alone improper or inappropriate about former diplomats meeting with foreign colleagues”, while the shift of the focus on the “political theatrics.”
“What is unseemly, and unprecedented, is to be used for the podium of the state Department, for political theatrics,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.