Looks like Barack Obama and his former officials are still at it concerning Iran. They are evidently advising Iran amid escalating tensions with the U.S., running an independent foreign policy initiative to counter President Trump and disparage John Bolton. In other words, they are actively working against a sitting President of the United States. Sounds like treason to me and a definite violation of the Logan Act.
The Daily Beast, a leftist media outlet, is now reporting that architects of the Iran nuclear deal, secured by former President Barack Obama, have been in talks with Iranian officials over the past two months, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, both over the phone and in person, urging the regime to “stay calm” and “not take Trump’s bait.”
“None of the “several” former Obama aides interviewed by the Daily Beast were named, but they were apparently willing to explain what type of counsel they were providing Iranian higher-ups and insisted their ongoing interactions with the Islamic Republic are “normal.”
“Journalists Betsy Woodruff and Erin Banco noted that “conversations of this nature sometimes generate” accusations of violating the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from engaging in discussions relevant to a U.S. dispute with another country on behalf of the government.
“The authors also pointed out “the likelihood that former Obama officials could face such a charge is basically zero percent,” given the fact that no one has ever been convicted under the 1799 law.
“The ex-officials would not answer whether or not they had funneled information from the Iranian government to congressional Democrats but admitted to educating Democratic members of Congress on their experience working with Iranian leaders.
“A Republican aide told the Daily Beast those actions are problematic.
“It’s not just about what they were saying to the Iranians,” the anonymous staffer said. “It’s about what they were saying to their political allies back here in the U.S. Their strategy was to divide and isolate the Trump administration just as the Trump administration was trying to re-establish deterrence with Iran.
“In the current highly partisan political environment, the only safe course is to signal national unity — and they contributed to eroding that at home and abroad,” the staffer added.”
Former Obama officials have been working with Iran and friends on the Hill to isolate the Trump admin. Their most recent contacts were a couple weeks ago. They told @thedailybeast that them secretly talking to Iran is "normal" https://t.co/OcenW1KuMq
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) May 31, 2019
In fact, Obama’s meddling will probably bring on the war he claims to want to avoid. They are sticking their nose into an explosive situation and lighting the proverbial fuse. Both Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and former Secretary of State John Kerry are in the thick of all this subterfuge. Former Obama aides Rhodes and Kahl, along with other senior figures from the administration, have continued to use their network of sympathetic writers and liberal talking heads to amplify the Iranian regime’s rhetoric and build greater anti-Trump fervor.
We have been on the edge of war with Iran since the late ’70s. Now that Trump has done the right thing and has pulled out of Obama’s farce of a nuclear deal with the Iranians and has imposed sanctions, anything could set off the confrontation that has been brewing for a very long time. Iran has been threatening to reverse course on its promises to remaining signatories under the deal by resuming production of highly enriched uranium. They have set up extortionist demands saying that if they don’t receive promised funds, they will go full-blown nuclear.
From The Washington Free Beacon:
“Obama’s echo chamber and their pro-Iran deal allies in Congress are putting partisan politics over country, and have the chutzpah to literally repeat the Iranian regime’s talking points,” said one senior GOP congressional official, who would speak only on background to discuss the growing divide.
“The truth is that, under Obama’s disgraceful and dangerous nuclear deal, Iran got access to over $100 billion in immediate sanctions and a green light to ramp up its support for terrorism and militancy in the Middle East,” the source said. “Iran, under Obama’s watch, joined forces with Russia to prop up the Assad regime [in Syria], which repeatedly used chemical weapons and barrel bombs on civilians and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians.”
“While Team Obama stood idly by as Iran-backed aggression ravaged the Middle East, President Trump is maximizing coercive economic pressure on the Iranian regime and deterring and punishing Iranian-backed aggression against American interests,” the official said.”
I’m old enough to remember when war veteran Tom Cotton and his GOP colleagues were cursed as “traitors” for merely penning a letter to Khamenei explaining how the Senate worked. https://t.co/fmfh0mBpH2
— (((Jason Epstein))) (@Southfive) May 31, 2019
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both blamed Tehran for recent attacks on oil tankers and a Saudi pipeline, further complicating matters. But both sides remain entrenched, with the U.S. demanding Iran stop funding Islamic terrorist groups and imposing its strict theocracy on its people while Iran has dug in its heels out of protest of the economic sanctions. By the way, Iran has admitted to those attacks which are an act of war not only on Suadi Arabi and the UAE, but the United States as the oil was destined for our ports.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech Wednesday, “We will not negotiate [with the United States], as negotiations are useless and may even incur harm.” But they will negotiate with the enemies within the United States… that would be Obama and his former regime. Obama continues to embrace the foremost terrorist regime on the planet and to illegally conspire with them behind President Trump’s back.