47 Senators Charged With Violating Logan Act

Reuters has the story Republicans warn Iran against nuclear deal with Obama.

(Reuters) – Republican senators warned Iran on Monday that any nuclear deal made with U.S. President Barack Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, in an unusual intervention into U.S. foreign policy-making.

The letter, signed by 47 U.S. senators, says Congress plays a role in ratifying international agreements and points out that Obama will leave office in January 2017, while many in Congress will remain in Washington long after that.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about The Logan Act.

The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.

The Act was intended to prohibit United States citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments.

I hereby charge these Senators with violating this act.  If Obama won’t take action, then I guess it is left up to me to make the charge.  Other violations have been more surreptitious than this blatant act.  One example would be Ronald Reagan’s interference to prevent the Iranian hostages from being released during Jimmy Carter’s term in office.  Since Reagan took office as President before the hostages were released and this egregious interference was discovered, there was little chance that he would be prosecuted.  When Speaker Boner colluded with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu  for Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress without even informing President Obama, perhaps there could have been some wiggle room that would have allowed Boner to escape conviction under the Logan Act.

It seems like this latest incident is an escalation of tactics by the Republicans.  This blatant violation of the Logan Act is a direct challenge to President Obama. I don’t know how much plainer the Republicans can make this. If Obama doesn’t put a stop to this, what will they do next?

I would like to see Obama have FBI agents record interviews with each one of these Senators to verify that they approved adding their names to the letter.  If they did approve, then they can be charged.  If they say they didn’t approve, but it can be proved that they did, then they can also be charged with lying to the FBI.  It would be fun to see if Mitch McConnell can maintain his position of majority leader in the Senate if 47 of his Senators are taken away to jail.

March 10, 2015

On his Facebook page, Bruce Taub posted the article Lawfare › The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran:

But as the Senate’s own web page makes clear: “The Senate does not ratify treaties. Instead, the Senate takes up a resolution of ratification, by which the Senate formally gives its advice and consent, empowering the president to proceed with ratification”

Perhaps this is just a technicality, but it shows that besides being treasonous, the Republicans are stupid. quelle surprise!

March 10, 2015

If you want to take action, sign the Whitehouse petition as described in my subsequent post Senator Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran is a direct violation of the Logan Act and should be prosecuted.

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