‘What About The Logan Act?’ People Are Asking How It’s Legal For John Kerry To Say ‘Do Not Give In To Trump’

It is being reported that former Secretary of State John Kerry met privately with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha.

Jerusalem Post reports Kerry told Agha to “hold on and be strong” and “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.”

Here’s more:

According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that Kerry said that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.

Kerry offered his help to the Palestinians in an effort to advance the peace process and recommended that Abbas present his own peace plan. “Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” Kerry suggested.

He promised to use all his contacts and all his abilities to get support for such a plan.

Kerry also went after Trump in the meeting:

He asked Abbas, through Agha, not to attack the US or the Trump administration, but to concentrate on personal attacks on Trump himself, whom Kerry says is solely and directly responsible for the situation.

According to the report, when referring to the president, Kerry used highly derogatory terms. Kerry offered to help create an alternative peace initiative and promised to help garner international support from Europeans, Arab states and the international community.

Kerry hinted that many in the American establishment, as well as in American intelligence, are dissatisfied with Trump’s performance and the way he leads their country.

“How is this legal?” some people are asking online.

According to Cornell Law School, the Logan Act is as followed:

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, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of 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.

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This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 744Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(K), Sept. 13, 1994108 Stat. 2147.)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Kerry’s alleged comments were “anti-American” and “stunningly unpatriotic,” Washington Examiner reports:

“That kind of advice would be stunningly unpatriotic,” Gingrich told “Fox and Friends” Thursday. “And I don’t think John Kerry would do something like that. I hope he wouldn’t … I would be very surprised if secretary of state Sen. John Kerry would have said anything that was overtly anti-American.”

The Hill reports that during the same meeting with the international officials, Kerry made it known he was “strongly considering a run in 2020”:

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is considering a second run for president in 2020 to take on President Trump, according to comments reported by the Israel newspaper Maariv.

According to the report, Kerry told Palestinian officials that he was strongly considering a run in 2020, and hinted that Trump will likely not be in office much longer in strongly-worded conversation Wednesday.