A White House petition is asking President Obama to prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, each of the 47 Republican Senators who attempted to sabotage a nuclear deal with Iran by writing a strongly-worded letter in an “embarrassing” attempt to “educate” Iran’s leaders about our Constitution — one in which they got the Constitution entirely wrong. The letter reads:
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”
“President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then–perhaps decades,” the lawmakers informed Iran’s leadership in hopes of dashing any chance of a deal being reached.
Tea Party Senator Tom Cotton, de facto leader of this group of ragtag right-wing terrorists, admitted in January that the goal of Republicans is to see the end of any and all negotiations with Iran.
“I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr. David Zarif responded to the Republican would-be saboteurs. “The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.”
Though Republicans claimed that the next President would simply undo any deal reached between President Obama and Iran’s leadership, Zarif pointed out that a regime change does nothing to “relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.”
“I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law,” he said.
To add to the embarrassment of being educated on both international law and our own country’s Constitution by a foreign government, Americans are standing up to these treasonous Republicans. The White House petition, which is quickly gaining signatures, reads:
On March 9th, 2015, forty-seven United States Senators committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
At a time when the United States government is attempting to reach a potential nuclear agreement with the Iranian government, 47 Senators saw fit to instead issue a condescending letter to the Iranian government stating that any agreement brokered by our President would not be upheld once the president leaves office.
This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.
The Logan Act is quite clear:
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.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.
[T]he President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it.
The President is the constitutional representative of the United States with regard to foreign nations. He manages our concerns with foreign nations, and must necessarily be most competent to determine when, how, and upon what subjects negotiation may be urged with the greatest prospect of success. For his conduct, he is responsible to the Constitution.
By inviting Netanyahu to address Congress regarding Iran, Boehner corresponded with an officer of a foreign government in an attempt to influence U.S. policy regarding Iran in a blatant attempt to join forces with Israel to defeat President Obama’s policies.
These criminals need to see their day in court for this.