The GOP has gone too far. Obstructionism and legislative trickery are one thing, but attempting to sabotage a diplomatic mission and shape foreign policy behind the President’s back is not only reprehensible, it’s against the law.
The Logan Act of 1799 forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Being a United States Senator, or a coalition of them, doesn’t give you that authority. Violating the Logan Act is a felony.
The law states:
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.
American Citizens have begun a petition on Whitehouse.gov to have these saboteurs charged for their crimes. In order for the White House to consider a petition it must have 100,000 signatures. the petition is well beyond that in under two days. Signing the petition now will only strengthen the position and add credibility to the movement.
According to the petition:
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 American people are tired of the games, tired of the obstruction, and tired of the GOP. They have not only embarrassed us here at home with their wars on the poor, minorities and women, they have now embarrassed us on the International Stage.