tensions between Iran and the US doesn’t seem to bother senator
The tensions between Iran and the US have become more prominent in recent months, but relations with the notoriously authoritarian Iranian regime didn’t stop Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) from meeting with Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister for the terrorist mullocracy.
According to Politico’s “Playbook”:
“SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CALIF.) had dinner with IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JAVAD ZARIF when he was in the United States a few weeks ago, several sources told us.”
Last week, Playbook reported that Feinstein was walking around the Capitol with Zarif’s contact information pulled up on her iPhone — which was spotted in an elevator.
FEINSTEIN’S team told Politico that the dinner was “arranged in consultation with the State Department.”
“The office was in touch with State in advance of the meeting to let them know it was happening and to get an update on U.S.-Iran activity,” Feinstein’s office said.
A State Department official told Politico that they did not ask Feinstein to go to the dinner with Zarif, a smooth-talking, American-educated Iranian diplomat who worked on the nuclear deal with John Kerry.
OF COURSE, the United States and Iran are in the middle of a high-wire diplomatic and military staring contest.
The United States has moved additional military resources into the region and has indicated it has intelligence that the Iranians were readying to attack American interests in the area.
What is strange is how Politico casually refers to Feinstein’s “dining with the foreign minister of an adversary” as “a bit unusual.”
Zarif was one of the preeminent public-facing Iranian regime figureheads during the ama administration’s negotiations, which led to the US entrance in the Iran nuclear deal, according to the Washington Examiner.
Zarif was also one of the Iranian officials who met with former Secretary of State John Kerry about salvaging the Iran nuclear deal.
This led to accusations by the Trump administration that Kerry violated the Logan Act, a more than 200-year-old law that prohibits unauthorized private citizens from acting on behalf of the U.S. in disputes with foreign governments but has never been used to prosecute anyone.
The Logan Act comes up frequently in discussions on non-presidential official figures and foreign government officials, yet never invoked.
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson referred to it as a “talking point of hacks and morons”:
The Logan Act originated in 1799. Not a single person has ever been convicted under the Logan Act. Ironically, the namesake of the law, George Logan, after compelling John Adams to get the act passed, became a United States Senator.
The Logan Act serves mostly as a partisan tool to throw at opponents who dare to contradict a sitting President’s foreign policy. …
It’s a stupid talking point used by unserious people who want to avoid having to deal with the fact that the President of the United States is giving away the farm to Iranians who, given a chance, would gladly kill him, you, me, and everyone complaining about a Logan Act violation.