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Donald Trump Scooped the New York Times 13 Years Ago | Main | Exile Games: The Chicago Cubs Ban a Fan For Playing the Circle-Punch Game
May 09, 2019

Trump: John Kerry Routinely Interferes With US Diplomacy With Iran. Frankly He Should be Prosecuted Under the Logan Act.

Before dismissing the LOGAN ACT out of hand, remember, the left pressed the Logan Act as a reason to investigate and prosecute Michael Flynn, for briefly talking to RUSSIANS during the transition phase between Obama and Trump.

David Ignatius pushed the notion in the Washington Post, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates cited the LOGAN ACT as the reason she authorized an investigation into Michael Flynn.

The documents outlining Michael Flynn's guilty plea in the Trump-Russia investigation do not allege collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election. They do, however, suggest that the Obama Justice Department was intensely interested in Flynn's discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about policy issues -- sanctions against Russia, a United Nations resolution on Israel -- during the presidential transition, when Barack Obama was still in the White House and Donald Trump was preparing to take office.

At the time, top Justice officials suspected Flynn of violating the Logan Act, the 218-year-old law under which no one has ever been prosecuted, that prohibits private citizens from acting on behalf of the United States in disputes with foreign governments. Starting in the summer of 2016 and intensifying in the transition period, the Logan Act, while mostly unknown to the general public, became a hot topic of conversation among some Democrats. A number of lawmakers, former officials, and commentators called on the Obama administration to investigate the Trump team for a possible Logan Act violations -- and to do it while Democrats still controlled the executive branch.

At the same time, inside the Obama Justice Department, it appears the Logan Act became a paramount concern among some key officials in the critical weeks of December 2016 and January 2017. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has told Congress that the Logan Act was the first reason she intervened in the Flynn case -- the reason FBI agents were sent to the White House to interview Flynn in the Trump administration's early days. It was that interview, held on Jan. 24, 2017, that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea.

Read Byron York's column (old, but relevant again) for dozens of quotes from Democrats insisting The Logan Act is real, Yo.

It cannot be the case that the Logan Act is real whenever Democrats want to open a prosecution on a Republican but an antiquated joke whenever Democrats want to treat with enemies of the United States of America and make their own secret foreign policy.

We have precedent -- per Sally Yates, the Logan Act is in fact REAL.

So, let's open a file on John Kerry, send FBI agents to interview him, and see if we can get him to misstate something.

And then prosecute him for Obstruction of Justice.



The rest of Trump's impromptu press conference below.


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