The only time the Democrats and their allies in the FBI take the Logan Act seriously is when they’re aiming it at Republicans undermining their agenda. Meanwhile, the Democrats get free reign to undermine the foreign policy of a sitting administration.
At least that’s what this Washington Times article by Ben Wolfgang and Guy Taylor would suggest.
President Trump in 2019 sought to open a back channel of communication with top Iranian officials and saw the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September as a potential opportunity to defuse escalating tension with Tehran, but the effort failed.
Two months earlier, however, a different back channel was thriving in New York. Iran’s smooth, English-speaking foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, met with Robert Malley, who was President Obama’s Middle East adviser, in an apparent bid to undermine the Trump team and lay the groundwork for post-Trump relations.
Unlike Malley’s previous activities, before he was picked by Obama, he was coming off a top post in the Obama administration and was a very likely pick by any future Democrat administration.
And indeed that happened.
Biden chose the radical leftist as his envoy to Iran after he was apparently dealing with Iran. There’s an obvious problem here.
But Mr. Malley and Mr. Zarif met in 2019, after the JCPOA withdrawal, meaning the dynamic between Washington and Tehran had changed drastically. Sources said it’s likely that Mr. Malley urged Iranian officials to wait out the Trump presidency with the expectation that a Democratic administration in 2021 would restore Obama-era policy.
A spokesperson for the International Crisis Group, which Mr. Malley was leading at the time, told the Jewish Insider media outlet in July 2019 that the meeting was part of Mr. Malley’s “regular contacts with all parties, whether it be Iran, the U.S., Gulf states or European countries.”
The Crisis Group is a Soros operation. Soros is also a major backer of the Democrats and, in particular, their left-wing. This amounts to a Democrat financier employing Democrat officials to conduct his own freelance diplomacy while undermining American foreign policy.
This is also much closer to what the Logan Act was designed to prevent than anything that the Democrats and their FBI allies used to target Trump officials.
The text of the Logan Act is pretty clear.
“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, 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.”
The history of it makes it quite clear why the Logan Act is relevant here.
In 1797 President Adams sent John Marshall, Charles C. Pinckney, and Elbridge Gerry as special envoys to France to negotiate and settle claims and causes of differences which existed between the French Directory and the United States. This mission resulted in the XYZ letters controversy, and its failure led to such strong anti-France feelings in the United States that preparations for war were begun by the Congress. After the unsuccessful envoys returned from France, Dr. George Logan, a Philadelphia Quaker, a doctor, and a Republican, decided to attempt on his own to settle the controversies. Bearing a private certificate of citizenship from his friend, Thomas Jefferson, who at the time was Vice President, Logan sailed for France on June 12, 1798. In France he was hailed by the newspapers as the envoy of peace and was received by Talleyrand. The French Directory, having concluded that it was politically wise to relax tensions with the United States, issued a decree raising the embargo on American merchant ships and freed American ships and seamen.
To sum up, France used Logan to undermine President Adams, whom it opposed, in favor of the Republicans and Jefferson, whom it hoped would come to power. And Jefferson and Logan, knowingly or unknowingly, essentially colluded in that sort of political interference and undermining of the United States government.
The use of the Logan Act against Republican Senate legislators, a Democrat proposal under Obama, or against Flynn, were wildly inappropriate because they were either sitting or incoming officials with a legitimate claim to conducting discussions with a foreign power. That was not the case with Kerry and Malley.
Or with Soros and the International Crisis Group.