Let Me Finish: The Logan Act

Let me finish with the language of the Logan Act, which Congress passed and the president signed in the early days of our Republic.

“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 officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, 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.”

I wonder if the Senators who rushed to sign that letter to the Iranian leaders had read this document, which is known as the Logan Act.  It basically says that only the government of the United States is allowed under the law to negotiate with foreign governments. 

Again, I wonder if these forty-seven Senators gave thought to what they’re doing here.

Then, again, they do know what they’re doing: they are trying to undermine the work of an American president by first of all disrespecting him.  Even if they don’t get charged and imprisoned for it, what they’ve done here is craven. 

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Let Me Finish: The Logan Act