Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate potential legal violations by former Secretary of State John Kerry following President Donald Trump‘s accusation that he violated the Logan Act by talking with Iranian officials after leaving office.
On Monday, Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent Barr a letter asking the DOJ to investigate Kerry for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the Logan Act.
Kerry had talked to Iranian officials multiple times in attempts to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action he negotiated alive after Trump backed out of it last year.
In the letter, Rubio proclaimed that the American public “deserve[d] to know” that laws will be enforced regardless of any previous position held by those who break them. He continued on to demand that the DOJ “make a determination” on whether Kerry broke the law:
The American people deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position. The Department of Justice should therefore make a determination on whether or not former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s recent actions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran potentially violate the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Rubio also included the original letter he sent last year to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for an investigation into Kerry.
The Logan Act makes it a crime for a U.S. citizen to negotiate deals with a foreign government during international disputes without federal approval.
FARA is described by the DOJ as “a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities.”
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump accused Kerry of violating the Logan Act while taking questions at the White House last week. The president added that Kerry “should be prosecuted” for the alleged Logan Act violation.