Trump suggest Senator Murphy violated Logan Act in confirmed meeting with Iran
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At first people were not sure if it was true, but then Democrat Senator Chris Murphy was meeting with Iran. Murphy confirmed the meeting. President Donald Trump suggests that Chris Murphy might have violated the Logan Act.
As seen on CSPAN, "President Trump: "I saw that…Senator Murphy met with the Iranians; is that a fact? I just saw that on the way over. Is there anything that I should know? Because that sounds like to me a violation of the Logan Act."
While the violation still needs to be confirmed, it should be noted that Senator Murphy did confirm the meeting, so if it was rumored to be a secret, then it is a secret no more.
Murphy wrote to the public:
1/ I met w the Iranian Foriegn Minister in Munich. It’s dangerous not to talk to adversaries, esp amidst a cycle of escalation. Quick thread on what I told Zarif."
His thread went like this:
2/ First, I urged him to control any Iranian proxies in Iraq who might attack U.S. forces and allies there. Second, I pressed him to release American citizens being unlawfully detained in Iran. Third, I pushed him to end the Houthi blockage of humanitarian aid in Yemen.
3/ Congress is a co-equal branch to the executive. We set foreign policy too. Many of us have met w Zarif over the years, under Obama and Trump. So though no one in Congress can negotiate with Zarif or carry official U.S. government messages, there is value in having a dialogue.
4/ I wish President Trump would see that value too. Because our current policy of blind, non-strategic escalation is just making Iran more powerful and menacing, and making America weaker and less secure.
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Murphy posted a blog entry on Medium as well. It only received 235 "claps" at the time of this article.