Dianne Feinstein was recently caught on the phone with Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister. It is NOT within her purview to negotiate with Iran. So if she did attempt to negotiate, she is in violation of The Logan Act and could potentially face up to 3 years in prison. And an insecure cell phone is not the best means to talk to any foreign actor,
Ever heard of The Logan Act Dianne?
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. Source
So Why Else Would Feinstein be Conversing with Iran’s Foreign Minister?
Tensions are high between Iran and The United States at this point. If John Bolton had his way, we would have been launching missiles yesterday. Maybe Dianne just wanted to exchange cookie recipes with the foreign minister, to ease tensions. NOT!
Please notice that the text of The Logan act doesn’t say that Dianne (or anyone else) has to succeed, just that they have to contact these officials “with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government.”
This is a pretty tense situation best handled by the Pentagon and the Trump administration, one would say. That’s why this tidbit from Politico on Thursday caught our eye:
“SPOTTED: SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-Calif.), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, walking around the Capitol with her iPhone screen facing outward in full view, and Javad Zarif’s contact page on the screen. Zarif is the name of Iran’s foreign minister,” Politico reported.
So, in the midst of a crisis, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee — an individual who finds herself diametrically opposed to President Trump more often than not — was talking to Iran’s foreign minister.
Here is an audio of Mark Levin’s show from last Thursday:
Again, why in the hell would Dianne Feinstein be talking to Iran’s Foreign Minister if it weren’t with intent to influence? Do you think she was authorized to make such a call from her iPhone? There are secure lines for such things.
Dianne Feinstein seems to be channeling someone else who made a lot of unauthorized phone calls on a personal device…
Cross-posted with DC Dirty Laundry