I’m old enough to remember when possibly violating the Logan Act was serious business and worthy of criminal prosecution. At least that’s how it was presented when Mike Flynn was accused of violating it by simply suggesting to the Russians that they should not overreact to sanctions. Keep it mind this was after Trump was elected and Flynn was already appointed as NSA.
This talking point even made a comeback a few months ago when it was suggested that Trump may of directed Flynn to contact the Russians.
But alas, life comes at you fast and media goalposts move even faster.
Enter John Kerry saying this…
During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked [Hussein] Agha to convey a message to [Mahmoud] Abbas and ask him to “hold on and be strong.” Tell him, he told Agha, “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands.” According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.
Kerry offered his help to the Palestinians in an effort to advance the peace process and recommended that Abbas present his own peace plan. “Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” Kerry suggested. He promised to use all his contacts and all his abilities to get support for such a plan. He asked Abbas, through Agha, not to attack the US or the Trump administration, but to concentrate on personal attacks on Trump himself, whom Kerry says is solely and directly responsible for the situation.
So what’s the Logan Act forbid?
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.
Usually, you can find some ambiguity in anything but in this case, that sounds exactly like what John Kerry did.
He sends a message to Palestinian leader and full-time terrorist enabler Abbas, telling him specifically to not “yield to President Trump’s demands” even while the United States is attempting to negotiate with them. Furthermore, he promises Abbas that he’ll use his “contacts and abilities” to get support for a Palestinian defined peace plan.
In short, not only is Kerry trying to sabotage negotiations with the United States, he’s also attempting to push his own vision of the negotiations from the side of a foreign adversary. That’s the double whammy of Logan Act violations.
We’ll put aside how creepy it is that Kerry is such good buddies with a terrorist dictator that he’s willing to bash the President to him, attempt to blow up negotiations, and tell him he might run for President in 2020.
Look, the Logan Act is probably unconstitutional. Yet, if we are going to have non-stop news cycles and gnashing of teeth over Flynn and Trump possibly violating it, where’s the outrage of Kerry going so much further in regards to this message to Abbas?
A quick google search of “John Kerry Logan Act” will show no results stemming from this revelation on any mainstream news source. Not a single story. It’s apparently not worth a mention that the former Secretary of State is trying to collude with a terrorist-state’s dictator to blow up a US foreign policy goal.
If nothing else, it shows that the media hyperventilating over the Logan Act this past year was just partisan narrative fluffing, not principled concern.