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  Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:59 AM

Media That Once Accused 47 Republicans Of Violating The Logan Act Now Says John Kerry Is In The Clear


https://www.redstate.com
by Bonchie
May 12, 2019

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A little shot and chaser action this morning for you.

President Trump caused a bit of a kerfuffle this week in the media because he dared to suggest that John Kerry, who violated every aspect of the Logan Act with his interactions with Iran, should be prosecuted for his crimes. As I pointed out in my previous piece, I personally think the Logan Act is garbage and would be found unconstitutional if pursued, but that didn't stop the Obama administration from using it as a pretext to target Michael Flynn. It also didn't stop the media from suggesting 47 Republicans Senators should be prosecuted under it for their opposition to the Iran deal.

So what's changed?

Here's CNN back in 2015.

Forty-seven Senate Republicans may have broken the law this week. But no one's losing any sleep over it.

Pundits and legal scholars are raising questions over whether Sen. Tom Cotton and the 46 Senate Republicans violated the Logan Act when they penned a letter to Iran's leaders on Monday, undercutting President Barack Obama's efforts to negotiate a nuclear agreement with those same leaders. The law, passed in 1799, forbids any U.S. citizen acting without official U.S. authority from influencing "disputes or controversies" involving the U.S. and a foreign government.

Now, to be fair, CNN was at least living in reality enough that they admitted no prosecution was likely. Those were simpler times. But they spun the whole thing as "of course Tom Cotton and others are guilty, but they'll get off on the technical faults of the law."

We saw similar pieces from The Washington Post, Politico, and The Guardian, among many others. The thing to notice here is that the media started and instigated the conversation about Republicans breaking the Logan Act, even as most of the article belatedly admitted it wouldn't stand up to constitutional scrutiny.

Fast forward to 2017 and we saw numerous articles referencing the Logan Act as legitimate in pursuit of charges against Michael Flynn. See here and here.

Here's The New York Times letting us know why Trump should "fear" the Logan Act and that he certainly broke it.

That leads us to this week, where the media all the sudden decided not only is the Logan Act not worth talking about, it's crazy sauce to even suggest that John Kerry be prosecuted under it. Instead of doing speculative pieces entertaining the idea as they've done about Republicans for years, they immediately started to push out the "fact-checks" to provide direct rebuttals.





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