May 03, 2021 by Teresa Monroe-Hamilton
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is promoting a petition to have Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry investigated for alleged remarks to Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif alerting him to approximately 200 covert Israeli strikes in Syria.
The Republican lawmaker sent out a tweet on Monday announcing the petition.
“EMERGENCY ALERT John Kerry illegally sold out America to Iranian terrorists. John Kerry is compromised and must be prosecuted. Sign the petition to DEMAND an INVESTIGATION into John Kerry BETRAYING Israel and the American people to the Iranians,” the tweet read.
The petition is addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland for his review. It is unclear how many have signed it so far but thepetitionappears to be pulling in a lot of donations.
A number of prominent Republicans have stepped up, calling for Kerry’s resignation concerning the leaked audiotape in which Zarif made his claims. Kerry has staunchly denied the accusations but some Democrats seem to be contradicting him, saying that what he told Zarif was moot because it was already public knowledge. It is unknown if that is true or not.
Stefanik’s current tweet was preceded by one sent out a few days ago calling for Kerry’s investigation and prosecution over the matter.
“This is a criminal act and John Kerry must be immediately investigated and PROSECUTED. President Biden must immediately remove John Kerry from any government or advisory position,” she wrote.
“If this tape is verified, it would signal catastrophic and disqualifying recklessness by Envoy Kerry to Foreign Minister Zarif that endangered the safety of Americans and our allies,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)remarkedafter learning of the audio.
“And it would be consistent with his long pattern of empowering Iran’s regime. Kerry poured hundreds of billions of dollars into the Ayatollah’s terrorist bank accounts, was a close confidant with Zarif during the Obama administration, and was caught repeatedly meeting with him during the Trump administration (notwithstanding the Logan Act) — and has never publicly accounted for what they discussed,” he noted.
Other Republicansalso attacked Kerry over the allegations.
Nikki Haley tweeted: “This is disgusting on many levels. Biden and Kerry have to answer for why Kerry would be tipping off Iran, the number one sponsor of terror, while stabbing one of our greatest partners, Israel, in the back.”
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was incensed: “John Kerry must resign immediately. The investigation should be retrospective.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) wanted a word with Kerry: “These reports are concerning—I’d like the opportunity to ask Secretary Kerry about this in a closed hearing.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) made it clear in atweetwhat Kerry should do: “If intel leak rumors are true, John Kerry should seriously consider resignation.”
Donald Trump Jr.tweeted: “Imagine for a second a Trump official sitting on the NSC, like Kerry does, told Iran details about Israeli strikes? I believe the media would be screaming TREASON and they wouldn’t be too far off, but of course they’ll say and do nothing because they’re useless propagandists.”
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) flat-out called for Kerry’s resignation. “Enough is enough,” Sullivan said on the Senate floor.
“The red line that was crossed, if this was true, revealing secret information to one of America’s most sworn enemies with the blood of thousands of American military members on its hands, undermining the interests of one of our most important allies, the state of Israel — if this is true, John Kerry needs to go. He should resign or he should get fired by the president of the United States,” Sullivan demanded.
Zarif reportedlyapologizedto Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday: “I am so sorry that part of my comments were stolen and published for misuse by enemies of the country and its people, and that it caused you, supreme leader, to feel regret.”
This is not the only scandal that is looming over Kerry. He’s also being accused of making millions from a massive stock portfolio that he’s liquidated since taking office and after he was appointed as President Biden’s special climate envoy, according to a financial filingobtained by Axios. Kerry ostensibly received millions of dollars in salary and consulting fees that occurred in 2020 and most of January 2021.
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