It had been apparent to the Trump administration once in office that there were members of the Obama administration that continued to stay heavily engaged at high levels with Iran and other members of the P5+1 Group (the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, and China), which are the negotiators of aka the Iran Nuclear Deal. The White House quickly learned of the effort, gaining full knowledge of the Obama decision process to protect it much touted success story and to undermine any effort by Trump to terminate the U.S. role in the agreement. Of course, Trump’s national security advisors were not fooled and the counter-strategy put forward was to allow those Obama officials involved the Iran deal to continue their subversive activities.

Soon, it became apparent of the significant role John Kerry was playing. When Trump found out about Kerry’s lobbying and engagement behind the scenes to keep the agreement in place — it was officially done.

I talked about this specifically on America Out Loud’ radio show the Nozzle on Monday … that President Trump was well aware and totally knowledgeable of the fact that Kerry continued to stay directly and deliberately engaged with the Iranians — albeit illegal and in violation of numerous U.S. policies and laws. The Trump administration used Kerry’s illegal collusion with Tehran as a contributing factor to tainting the Iran Deal. According to a White House official, while “Trump was headed that way, but Kerry just took away any of the teeth of the detractors,” the source said on background, stating; “Kerry’s bullshit ultimately killed the deal.” But there’s more…and it’s serious!

So what might be the fallout from this? It now appears to be quite apparent that John Kerry has for all intent and purposes been proven to be in violation of the Logan Act. Of course, Kerry however, in an effort to try and cover-up his illicit and illegal activities, which are in fact in violation of U.S. Federal Law, tried to pass his actions off as if every former Secretary of State does what he has and gets away with it. But he is completely wrong, because quite frankly it’s illegal. The worst thing behind it all is Kerry has been negotiating with Iran and came and disparaged Israel, just after his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. It must be noted too that since Obama is no longer in the White House, U.S. policy toward Israel is no longer anti-Semitic. Just a point.

So what might John Kerry be in violation? Well certainly, The Logan Act, which states: “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.”

Of significance following this news, the Boston Herald has called for a full investigation into Kerry’s actions, suggesting that if special counsel Robert Mueller is truly interested in investigating people who are colluding with nefarious foreign powers to undermine U.S. interests, John Kerry should be Target No. 1, again for secretly meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif multiple times over the last few months, as well as other foreign officials in recent weeks to usurp Trump’s U.S foreign policy. In fact, if confirmed, even according to John Kerry’s spokesman, ‘he can now be tried as treason for his violation.’ According to The Globe, Kerry also reportedly met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French President Emmanuel Macron, and multiple Democrat members of Congress who support the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Certainly, there is need for an investigation and both the Attorney General and Congress needs to act on this because it is a serious precedent that must be addressed with the American people. Such behavior must not be allowed to go unanswered. It’s a role that as a private citizen, Kerry has no mandate or authority to pursue. We need for the Attorney General and Congress to uphold the law. But all means, this is the Deep State at its worst and needs to be dealt with severely.

But as I noted above, there is more that has not been thoroughly addressed, or yet to be addressed, so I will take the opportunity to present this case.  First, there continues to be rumblings in the intelligence channels, as to whether Kerry was providing and sharing confidential and classified intelligence information with Iranian officials, as part of his engagement with Tehran in an effort to both bolster Iran’s position on the deal, and at the same time to counter and undermine Trump’s official U.S. efforts to validate that the deal is dangerous to both the region and to U.S., Europe, and other allies. If so, he is in serious trouble.

Adding to this possibility, there is additional concerns to the impact of Kerry’s actions and intentions. In fact, it very telling, based on how the Iranians conducted themselves and attempted to side-step much of the ongoing inspection and certification process since Obama left office in January 2017. Based on information I have researched, I suspect, former Obama Deep State operatives and corroborators were funneling sensitive intelligence information to Kerry and his cohorts to share with the Iranians in their effort to deceive, distract and interfere with the inspection and certification process. It’s more than obvious. Kerry’s sole purpose and intend was to undermine U.S. role of the Trump administration and its responsibilities, as well as those of the other signers of the nuclear agreement. Certainly, the Trump administrations regular de-certifications of Iran’s unsatisfactory processes and likely cover-ups, were the only options the Trump administration had, in response to the egregious violations that Iran was guilty of. Several legal scholars say Kerry’s actions were a clear violation of the Logan Act.

If John Kerry is complicit and or participated in the sharing of classified U.S. intelligence information with Teheran, the Treason descriptor is most appropriate. He would certainly be in violation of numerous U.S. espionage laws, primarily the Espionage Act that covers the illegal transfer of intelligence material, information and data to foreign governments, groups, and by all means a rogue foreign regime, like in Iran. This yet to be confirmed information provides new and compelling details about Kerry’s reckless role in supporting Iran’s efforts that may also be tied to its efforts to deceive the U.S. — as it pertains to its ability to develop missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, supporting technology, deception and misinformation about Iran’s nuclear program. Any confirmation of the sharing of possible U.S. intelligence information with Iran is consistent with what the U.S. has learned. Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from both the world and from its own people.

President Trump strategically set the tone of the announcement, when he attacked Kerry’s actions on Twitter on Monday, saying, “The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” Trump followed-up by saying, “John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!”

Many national security experts, including myself, indicated and confirmed that Kerry’s actions and the decision he made, marks another crippling blow to Barack Obama’s legacy by the Trump administration. The Iran Deal was the cornerstone of the now crumbling of Obama disastrous foreign policy. While it was by no means the sole reason that President Trump decided to pull out of the deal, but it certainly had a relative degree of influence that impacted on the final decision the source.

In closing, I should also note once again as I have previously pointed out that like that the FBI, DoJ, and others U.S. government agencies, one of President Trump’s critical techniques is to allow those with illegal and criminal intentions — to let them sew their seeds … and allow them to face the consequences … it’s obviously working quite well.

Jim Waurishuk is a retired USAF Colonel, serving nearly 30-years as a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer and special mission intelligence officer with expertise in strategic intelligence, international strategic studies and policy, and asymmetric warfare. He served combat and combat-support tours in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as on numerous special operations and special mission intelligence contingencies in Central America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He served as a special mission intelligence officer assigned to multiple Joint Special Operations units, and with the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Task Force, as well as in international and foreign advisory positions. He served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. He is a former White House National Security Council staffer and a former Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. He served as a senior advisor to the Commander U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is Vice President of the Special Ops-OPSEC -- which provides strategic and operational security analysis and assessments to governmental and private entities, as well as media organizations on national security issues, policy, and processes. He currently provides advisory and consulting services on national security, international strategic policy, and strategy assessments for the U.S. and foreign private sector and governments entities, media groups and outlets, and to political groups, forums, and political candidates. He is an author and writer providing regular commentary and opinion to national and local TV, radio networks, and for both print and online publications, as well as speaking engagements to business, political, civic and private groups on national security matters – focusing on international strategic policy and engagement, and strategic intelligence, and subject matter expertise on special mission intelligence and operations, counter-terrorism, and asymmetric warfare and conflict.

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