Obama White House Rips Senate Republicans For Their Treasonous Letter To Iran

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The White House ripped Senate Republicans for their attempt to undermine negotiations with Iran, and stopped just short of accusing the 47 Republicans who signed a letter to Iranian government of treason.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the Senate Republican letter to Iran where they promised to undermine any agreement that President Obama makes on their nuclear program.

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Earnest said:

I would describe this letter as a continuation of a partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy and advance our national security interests around the globe.

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The fact is that we have heard Republicans for quite some time, including the principal author of this letter, make clear that their goal is to undermine these negotiations. Again, that is not a position that I am ascribing to Sen. Cotton, that is a position that he has strongly advocated. He described it as a feature of his strategy, not a bug.

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I think the other thing that is notable here is that when you have a letter that is signed by forty-seven senators of the same party being sent to a leader of a foreign country, it raises some legitimate questions about the intent of the letter…It’s surprising to me there are some Republican senators who are seeking to establish a backchannel with hardliners in Iran to undermine an agreement with Iran and the international community.

The letter that the Republicans sent suggested that any agreement made with President Obama would be meaningless, “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.” Earnest accused the Republicans of being on a march towards the military option in dealing with Iran. It is clear that the letter from the Republican senators was an attempt to destroy the diplomatic process.

The Press Secretary stopped short of calling out the Senate Republicans for treasonous behavior, but his description of the Republican behavior of trying to undermine the goals and national security of the United States left little doubt about how the White House feels about this issue.

Senate Republicans are attempting to undermine the United States government by establishing communications with hardliners in Iran who promote and fund terrorism. Republicans have taken their campaign to undermine and delegitimize the President Of The United States global.

The White House is ripping the Republicans in the bluntest way possible.

Senate Republicans have shown their true colors, and those colors are not red, white and blue.

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189 Replies to “Obama White House Rips Senate Republicans For Their Treasonous Letter To Iran”

  1. The republicants will burn the town down as long as it goes against POTUS. They want their power back at any cost.

  2. and where are the Senate Democrats? Why are they not standing with the President on this horrible horrible treasonous action?

  3. My good lord.. SO now the GOTea in the Senate, (all but 7 of them) write and signed a letter to Iranian leaders WARNING them to not make a deal with THIS President.. wow.. just wow.. These guys just HATE the USA.. It’s all I can figure.. If the Democrats would of sent a letter to China when Nixon went over, WARNING the Chinese that the negotiations were only as good as who is in office, the nation would of been in an uproar.. What the hell is WRONG with the ‘patriots’> ?

  4. i agree….throw the book at them, but yet ag holder does nothing just as he did nothing in the cliven bundy incident….we live by the rule of law & everybody should be held to obey those laws….the more they get away with breaking those laws the more they think they are above the law

    why is ag holder & the doj just standing by & doing nothing?

  5. McConnell is a slimy sack of retug shit, but for the most part he leaves stupid to the rest of his party. Unless he’s had the stroke I’ve been wishing for him, I can’t understand how he would go along with this
    F-up of deluxe proportions. Why would he let a jr senator from podung Arkansas, move the repug agenda on something this important? If Bitch thought this was a winner of an idea, he’d be the sponsor of this letter not Cotton. I bet their holding something over him.

  6. If you say that our leader isn’t any good, you are showing that our country is weak.

    That is a mistake. If republicans continue to threaten our country by throwing our presidents under the bus they’ll see another war on the rise as the other nations try to take advantage of our struggle.

    Idiots.

  7. The 47 signers of the statement showed their collective ignorance of the constitution and the process of treaty ratification. No surprise though, it would have come out sooner or later. Most of their time is spent soliciting corporate bribes, picking cheese out of their teeth and sobering up from fundraisers, and they have little time to study the law.

  8. EVERY Republican who signed that letter should be brought up on charges:

    U.S. Code § 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
    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 foreigngovernment 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.

  9. 18 US Code § 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
    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. Contact the White House and demand these republicans be prosecuted.
    whitehouse.gov/contact

  10. I can’t believe want I read in the GOP letter!!! Is the GOP more insane than the characters of the movie satire, Dr. Strangelove?! Is this not treason?

  11. Send a letter to your Senator and Rep. call their office today do not wait. I just did both. Make it really hot for them and the heat must come from their Constitutent’s.
    The country needs a cry so loud it cannot be ignored, the Pres needs us all!

  12. This should be the last straw for the American Taliban and it’s time for Eric Holder to do his job,this is a gross violation of the laws of the USA and we cannot allow THE DOJ to act as bystanders,ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  13. well Dcbos I am 82 this year and am not old enough to remember what was taking place while Rooseveldt was in office. But history had recorded the same sort of double dealing by none other then retugs. The Bush family to be exact. Seems the thugs just can not tolerate any freedom or free thought. You must surrender or they will do everything in their power to get their way. Call your Senator and Rep write a letter send an e-mail, support our Pres. in a way that can not be ignored. He needs us all

  14. “The bluntest way possible”????

    Please. The bluntest way would be to arrest them all and charge them with treason. That might get their attention.

    The truth is, the United States government has routinely violated international law and domestic law and refused to prosecute those within the government for those violations. We have bombed sovereign countries, invaded them, tortured people, surveilled all of the electronic communications of every person in the US and around the globe. No one has been prosecuted except for those who have blown the whistle on US misconduct and we expect the congress to obey the law. This is the fruit of a rotten tree.

  15. We are throwing the word treason out there but the Constitution is clear this is not treason
    TREASON: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

  16. That’s it, jo.
    That’s it exactly!

    W.h.e.r.e. … a.r.e. … t.h.e. … D.e.m.s ?

    Feinstein?
    Schumer?
    Where the hell are you?

  17. Sen. Reid on the floor with Sen. Cotton in the chair: “Republicans are undermining our Commander-in-Chief while empowering the Ayatollahs.”
    — @AJentleson

  18. The only known indictment under the Logan Act was one that occurred in 1803 when a grand jury indicted Francis Flournoy, a Kentucky farmer, who had written an article in the Frankfort Guardian of Freedom under the pen name of “A Western American.” In the article, Flournoy advocated a separate nation in the western part of the United States that would ally with France. The United States Attorney for Kentucky, an Adams appointee and brother-in-law of Chief Justice John Marshall, went no further than procuring the indictment of Flournoy. The purchase of the Louisiana Territory later that year appeared to cause the separatism issue to become moot.
    In the only other known case, US citizen John D. Martin, a prisoner of war in North Korea, was brought before a court-martial for collaborating with North Korean authorities and conducting “re-education” classes in the prison camp where he was held. The case was dismissed because the court-martial had no jurisdiction over acts he committed after the expiration of his enlistment.

    In 1967, an indictment was seriously considered against Stokely Carmichael for his visit that year to Hanoi during the Vietnam War. No action, however, was taken.

    During the 1968 presidential election, Richard Nixon campaign officials, through Anna Chennault, advised Saigon to refuse participation in peace talks, promising a better deal once elected. Defense Secretary Clark Clifford thought the move illegal, and President Lyndon B. Johnson called it treasonous, but did not want to reveal that the NSA was intercepting communications in Vietnam.

    In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:
    The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country.
    Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: “I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn….” (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975). Senator Sparkman’s contacts with Cuban officials were conducted on a similar basis. The specific issues raised by the Senators (e.g., the Southern Airways case; Luis Tiant’s desire to have his parents visit the United States) would, in any event, appear to fall within the second paragraph of Section 953.
    Accordingly, the Department does not consider the activities of Senators Sparkman and McGovern to be inconsistent with the stipulations of Section 953.[6]
    In 1984, President Ronald Reagan stated that the activities of the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who had traveled to Cuba and Nicaragua that year and had returned with several Cuban political prisoners seeking asylum in the United States, may have violated the Logan Act; but Jackson was never indicted.

    In 1987 and 1988, President Reagan was furious at what he felt to be House Speaker Jim Wright’s “intrusion” into the negotiations between Nicaragua’s Sandinista government and the Contras for a cease-fire in the long civil war. The National Security Council considered using the Logan Act to muzzle Wright, but nothing ever came of it.
    h/t Rikon Snow

  19. Where are our Washington Dems on this? Have not heard one report/word in this morning’s cable news shows. Am still waiting. It is 1:30 p. m. where I am nary a mention of this.
    Heck, we fight, we donate, we support the Dem Party now it is their turn fight for OUR president and THEIR constituents. Where the heck are they?

    Here are the traitorous Senators who serve Israel and their biillionaires over their own country:

    Tom Cotton
    David Perdue
    Joni Ernst
    James Inhofe
    John Cornyn
    Mitch McConnell
    Marco Rubio
    Roger Wicker
    John Hoeven
    Richard Shelby
    Thom Tillis
    Richard Burr
    Steve Daines
    Jeff Sessions
    John Boozman
    Cory Gardner
    Shelley Moore Capito
    Ron Johnson
    Mark Kirk
    James Lankford
    Chuck Grassley
    Roy Blunt
    John Thune
    Mike Enzi
    Pat Toomey
    Bill Cassidy
    John Barrasso
    Ted Cruz
    Jim Risch
    Mike Crapo
    Deb Fischer
    Ben Sasse
    Orrin Hatch
    Dean Heller
    Pat Roberts
    John McCain
    Rand Paul
    Rob Portman
    Lindsey Graham
    Mike Rounds

    Call them out as much as you…

  20. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since Reagan’s people short-circuited the Carter administration efforts to free the embassy hostages until (Surprise!) the day of Reagan’s inauguration. And then there were the secret Nixon end-runs against the Paris peace talks with North Vietnam which undercut those negotiations. And then there was Iran-Contra, secret illegal dealings directly out of the Reagan White House. This is despicable and I’m surprised that none of this ever gets prosecuted.

  21. How are we not raging over this . When is enough, enough? How do they think this look to other countries , especially ones we have stuck our nose into their business. I am so sick of Congress blatant disrespect for our president. And this letter does border on Treason, enough to boot them out, or give them some kind of jail sentence. Boehner is so Un-American and UnPatriotic it is a disgrace. His thinking he is superior and a his constant attacks on our president needs to be dealt with once and for all. Why are they being allowed to commit these horrible acts towards our nation. Stand up Democrats. Don’t sweep this under the rug. It’s time to stand by our president, and act like a true American. We are letting these idiots destroy us at all levels.

  22. my senators are boxer and feinstein, think they agree..but ill make sure they know how i feel..
    BUT ISSA is my congressman should i waste my breath on that idiot????

  23. I believe there is a loophole in the Constitution regarding this situation as nobody would have expected Congress to jeopardize the national security interest of this nation. It would only be suspected that individuals would side with the enemy to commit an act of treason.

    However, in this situation, members of Congress are conspiring against the President and thus the nation and its security interest to prevent an international agreement with a non friendly nation which is intended to prevent war. That is unheard of, unexpected and could not have been anticipated by anyone of the founding fathers.

    However, there is the idea of “inversion of an argument” which I think could lead to the conclusion that this is an act of treason.

  24. I agree, he needs us all. Dammit, why do people not see that. We all should be calling, e-mailing to those who signed the letter as well to our democratic Congress members. Phones should be running hot.

    Feel free to connect with me on Facebook. See my name up there.

  25. Since the election of Reagan, the Republican Party has been determined to transform our democracy into a neofascist, libertarian, nightmare where the super rich are above any any and all criminal and civil law. A utopia for the neofascist koch family, a dystopia for everyone else. Republicans are not good people, if they cannot destroy our democracy for billionaires, then they will destroy the nation. To the average Republican, the Koch family are religious figures.

  26. “Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.”

    Shorter Zarif: The GOP are ignorant treasonous ratbastards

    Wait… here is the knock out punch.

    “Zarif expressed the hope that his comments “may enrich the knowledge of the authors to recognize that according to international law, Congress may not modify the terms of the agreement at any time as they claim, and if Congress adopts any measure to impede its implementation, it will have committed a material breach of US obligations.

    The Foreign Minister also informed the authors that majority of US international agreements in recent decades…

  27. The Foreign Minister also informed the authors that majority of US international agreements in recent decades are in fact what the signatories describe as “mere executive agreements” and not treaties ratified by the Senate.

    He reminded them that “their letter in fact undermines the credibility of thousands of such mere executive agreements that have been or will be entered into by the US with various other governments.”

    Shorter Zarif – you ignant muthaf*ck*rs

  28. There is a lot of comments being thrown out about treason. This was not treason. HOWEVER if ANY Republican complains about the President’s overreach on immigration, he needs to be beaten down without mercy.

    According to the Senate’s own website;
    “the Senate does not ratify treaties. Instead, the Senate takes up a resolution of ratification, by which the Senate formally gives its advice and consent, empowering the president to proceed with ratification”.

    It is far, far out of the scope of their duties and responsibilities to warn and/or threaten Iran against agreeing to any treaty negotiated with the U.S.

    Believe me, I will be contacting my Senators, both of whom are Democrats, that they damn well better be supporting our President and letting the Republicans know about THEIR overreach.

  29. And now you know just how arrogant and stupid the Republican in congress are.

    Frankly it should be embarrassing for them to have to be school by a perceived enemy in not only international law, but in the laws of their own country.

    Dog! And we have these SFBs representing us.

  30. I would say, class dismiss.. (mic *drop*)
    You dumb little billies are not ready for the International stage. How many times you beat your head against a rock, before you realize its a rock.

  31. GOP Senators to Iran: Go Ahead and Build Nuclear Missiles So 47 Republican Senators from the, well, Senate of the United States bravely sent a letter to the leaders of Iran, explaining to them how our government works with respect to treaties and other foreign policy decisions. The letter is related to ongoing talks between the Obama administration and the Iranians over its nuclear program, and, no surprise here, it contains basic misinformation about the process of ratifying a treaty. It’s pretty goddamned insulting, too. Eleven members of the Iranian government’s cabinet were educated in the United States. You can be pretty sure they know more than most of the constituents of the senators about how you negotiate an agreement with the U.S. And the senators got to see the back of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif’s pimp hand in response: “I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.” When the Iranian government dismisses your political propaganda as propaganda, you’ve failed mighty fuckin’ badly. – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/?tw_p=twt#sthash.KanQMdEG.dpuf

  32. If any politician or group of politicians in Iran were to do the same deed, you know that would be in jail before the ink dried on the poisonous letter, then of course….jail and execution.
    If only, if only…..here in America. Hmmmm. Jail time? Make those 47 Senators walk the plank of SHAME. Disgusting example. The Worst of the Worst. How lower can they stoop? !!!!!!! Aaaaaargh!

  33. Here is something interesting from his message: he referred to “good faith”.

    Conservatives have NONE.

  34. Wow what happened to Mitch’s good buddy from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander? Somthing strange when he doesn’t make the list. Could this be even too extreme for him?

  35. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) attacked the Republican letter as a “juvenile political attack” aimed at “undermining our commander in chief.” Republicans, he said, “cannot accept the fact that this good man, Barack Obama, this man with the unusual name, was elected twice by overwhelming margins by the people of this country.”
    In Senate floor remarks, he said Democrats never contemplated sending a letter to Iraq’s leaders highlighting their disagreements with President George W. Bush. “So I say to my Republican colleagues: Do you so dislike President Obama you would take this extroardinary step? Obviously so,” he said. “Why was it taken? I really don’t understand other than the dislike of the president.”
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republican-letter-iran-obama

  36. I agree with you folks on this issue, and on many others. However–and sorry to be the wet blanket–ad hominem attacks don’t do much to convince anyone not already in agreement with you. The American right looks ridiculous when they rattle on about “Odumbo” “Democraps” etc. But I’ve see daily statements on this site that rival theirs:

    Republicunts
    McConnell is a slimy sack of retug shit
    asswipe Cotton
    Kochsuckers
    hang them.

    No wonder there’s gridlock in this country.

    More objective Americans consider the entire political spectrum, then sit back and discuss differences without it turning into a screaming match. It’s the only way to get anything done.

    Incidentally, I wrote a similar statement as this one on a conservative site, and was called some rather unsavory names, one commentor saying, “Who let that Commie in here?” Then they went back to their circle jerk.

    Hope you guys are above that.

  37. I wouldn’t call you out like that because you make some valid points but being the partisan that I am the American Taliban are kochsuckers

  38. I find it curious that for all the history posted on here about past transgressions not one of them is a Democrat. I agree that what the Republicans did by writing this letter was over the line but against the law, no. Biden did the same thing during a treaty negotiation with Russia over Nuclear Arms. It seems to me that we have become a country of 2 letters, a D or a R. It’s sad really how many Americans simply look at one side of the issue and don’t bother to do any research on it themselves.

  39. No he didn’t you uneducated bagger
    Republicans … have a new argument to make in asserting their role in the diplomatic process: Vice President Joe Biden similarly insisted — in a letter to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell — on congressional approval for the Moscow Treaty on strategic nuclear weapons with Russia in 2002, when he was head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
    You know what? Joe Biden didn’t say that — at least not on his own, or speaking for the members of his own party only. The letter in question — as you can see from the link provided in the story, though you’d never know it from the text of the story itself — was signed by Biden and the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, who just so happened to be Jesse Helms.
    http://go.bloomberg.com/assets/content/uploads/sites/2/20020315-LETTER-Biden-Helms-to-Powell.pdf
    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/17/world/senators-insist-on-role-in-nuclear-arms-deals.html

  40. “Senate Republicans are attempting to undermine the United States government by establishing communications with hardliners in Iran who promote and fund terrorism. Republicans have taken their campaign to undermine and delegitimize the President Of The United States global.

    If this is not a violation of the Logan Act, I don’t know what is.

  41. The Ballad of the Republican Fuckstick

    I am a Serial Liar and Serial FailuRepublican.
    I am a Republican Stain.
    I cannot be washed out.
    I am a Republican Professional Victim.
    I blame my failures on others.
    *Nothing is my fault, absolutely nothing.
    I do no wrong.
    I do not understand what works and what success is and means.
    I am a functional Illiterate that votes against my own best interests because SOMEDAY the trickle down will trickle down and SOMEDAY I might get rich. For now, out of my own ignorance and stupidity I want to pay income taxes for the rich.

    I fully support Corporations Privatizing Profit and Socializing Business Losses at the expense of the Taxpayer.

    I do not want Big Business to pay their fair share of taxes on the profits they make at the expense of tax cuts, tax breaks and tax loop holes.

    Squaawwwk!!!

  42. First – AG Holder took a backdoor, non-violent route to get some of the money from Bundy and did. Confiscated his cash, not his cows. Not widely reported, but true anyway.

    Second – the AG cannot prosecute willy nilly. There is such a thing as due process, and the review of this takes more than a knee jerk moment to make your guts happy. If there is one damned thing everyone has to know, it’s how the system of justice operates, and until you do, stop with the finger pointing or next time it will be YOU rounded up without due process.

  43. Perhaps, just perhaps, there is quiet deliberation on what, exactly, the law requires and allows? Nothing of this sort has ever happened before.

    And do you seriously want indictment and conviction without a TRIAL? Seriously?

  44. There is a coalition of other countries involved in the negotiations. How must THEY feel? People overseas know that the repubs. are racists, dead set against anything President Obama does, especially if it means no WAR.

  45. Because treason is the only crime specifically defined in the Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

    Iran is tentatively an ‘enemy’ but threatening to blow up a treaty isn’t aid and comfort by any measure.

    What this is, absolutely, is a felony violation of the Logan Act.

  46. ” I agree, Throw the book at them”
    Generally, I am not one to go ‘tit for tat’ But, what about Clinton and her seemingly illegal email server? What about Obama and his side stepping the US Constitution through ‘Executive order’? Then there is Rev. Al Sharpton and his unpaid taxes. Shouldn’t we also throw the at them? Not just Dems or Repubs, All elected officials should be held to the highest standards. It should never be ” Do as I say, Not as I do” Some of the things our elected officials get away with would get you and I put in jail and the key thrown away ! The best I can say is to “Hold their feet to the fire” The written law is not arbitrary.

  47. David Axelrod tweeted that had Democrats done this to a Republican President, Dems would be treasonous. He is absolutely correct. These 47 Republican Senators should be charged with treason by Democrats.

  48. HAHAHAHA!!!! That’s priceless!!!

    Even the Iranians know the senate GOP is a bunch of idiots.

    Idiots party of 47, your Iranian table is waiting, idiots party of 47

  49. I believe what Zarif said was code for, put that in your crackpipe and smoke it! The invisible middle finger.

  50. Hi Ms. CL :) My question re Bundy incident is were charges brought against those who pointed weapons at federal agents?

  51. What about threats to national security? No due process for that… Perhaps they should be all held under suspicion and questioned at length for matters concerning national security, you know, determine wether or not there may exist a conspiracy… Thats actually what they deserve.. If nothing is done about this there will be a next time so expect some kinds of sanctions…

  52. What about “sedition”. Those of you who think it’s not treason, will sedition work for you?

    Or read what the Iranian Foreign Minister had to say. Read the whole thing.

    Excerpt:

    Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that “in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history. This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content.

    http://en.mfa.ir/index.aspx?siteid=3&fkeyid=&siteid=3&fkeyid=&siteid=3&pageid=1997&newsview=330948

  53. Since you are ignorant of the US constitution Cheryl, let me fill you in.
    First: any agreement Obama makes with another nation must be ratified in front of congress and approved by the Senate. The president doesn’t and never has had the authority to bypass congress and to do so is treason. Obama hangs for that and that is US law. Just because Obama is guilty of treason on many fronts, it doesn’t give him the right to make agreements.
    Second: Republicans are correct and if they don’t ratify the agreement, the next president has the authority to rescind any executive agreement Obama signs. That is the right of government and the president isn’t a dictator, even if he thinks he is. That isn’t how the country is governed.
    Third: democrats can scream murder to their hearts content, but it doesn’t change how government works one iota. They told Iran that any agreement has to be in the best interests of the US or they will defeat it. blunt and too the point and you can scream all y…

  54. This may work!

    18 U.S.C. § 953 & 18 US Code § 953.

    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

  55. This may work!

    18 U.S. Code § 953 – Private correspondence with foreign governments

    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.

  56. David you are truly insane! certified and bonified, stinking crazy and don’t know yourself what the constitution says.

  57. … wow.. the white house reeeeallly laid into them. my ass. The next step is clear. Logan act/treason. Not a typed memo.

  58. “Foreign policy runs through the executive branch and the President, not through other channels” President Obama

  59. David, you might want to read the US Constitution yourself, as well as relevant case law.

    The President needs Congress to ratify treaties; he does not need Congress to enter into an executive agreement with another country.

    The rest of your post is, in a word, bull.

    Good day.

  60. Like your Teabagging heroes you are more ignorant than Iran’s foreign minister on the matter. “change of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.” He continued “I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.”

  61. They have clearly violated the Logan Act. There isn’t a lot of case law on the Logan Act, but in US v. Curtiss-Wright Export, 1936, Justice Sutherland wrote in the opinion that only the President has power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. When it comes to negotiation, Congress cannot enter into the fray.

    They’ve clearly entered into the fray when it comes to these sensitive negotiations with Iran. They are out of bounds and this is beyond disrespectful not only to the President of the United States, but to the people of this country as well as the people of Iran.

    The GOP act like this is all a game and as long as they “one up” the Administration, they’re “winning.”

    We are negotiating with a foreign power over nuclear weapons. For the love of country, you would think these Republicans would have enough brains to shut up and let these sensitive talks play out.

    Clearly I’ve overestimated their intelligence. Again.

  62. And let me share with you this intelligent, mature response of the Iranian government to the hissy fit displayed by the so-called public servants of the American people:

    “Foreign Minister Zarif added that “I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.”

    http://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2015/mar/09/part-ii-iran-responds-gop-letter

  63. Nice try at deflection, but self-serving and irrelevant. The senators signatory to that letter are in clear violation of the Logan Act. That is the subject under discussion.

  64. The spokesman “stopped short of calling it treason” because it’s not. What these senators are doing is ignorant and vile — but can liberals stop looking stupid by calling it “treason,” “sedition” and “a violation of the Logan Act”? It’s none of those.
    An “open letter” is protected by the First Amendment, which liberals should be interested in protecting. And by the way, does anyone really believe what’s in the letter is news to Iran?
    This is a political stunt by GOP jackasses, a stunt being helped along by ignorant folks on the other side. And since the “other side” in this case is the one I’m on, I wish you’d just stop pretending you know the law while voicing support for weakening the First Amendment. Thank you.

  65. You are in bed with traitors. You will not be there when they ship out the men and women to face down what they stand up. They start a war and other people have to deal with it. I would like to tell you what to do, but I can’t say things like that here.

  66. I personally don’t think Iran has the means and know how to keep their peace. They are war mongers who want to destroy Israel and The great Satan ( USA )… If we allow this to happen and they get their hands on NUC’s rest assure the world will be firing all their Nuc’s be for its over with and we will be in a nuclear holocaust.

  67. AFTER the Executive Branch negotiates them, and not BEFORE. This is utterly unprecedented interference with the Constitutionally designated powers. If you think that’s ducky, I hope you’re volunteering to be one of the cannon fodder for these folks. No? Hypocrite.

  68. Sadly, BOTH Senators from my state (Nebraska) were among the 47 Senators who broke the Logan Act. I doubt they’d care what I say.

  69. This is the gist of the law that 47 Republican’ts have broken: “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.”

  70. That’s actually incorrect David. You know better than that. Be very careful about following the party line so closely. In the final analysis this extreme lack of judgement will prove quite costly. Poor Sen. Cotton will take the hit while McConnell, Cruz, Rubio, et al will scurry away.

  71. I believe they have broken the law. Here is why: “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.”

  72. Good grief. What does it take for the POTUS or the justice dept or some damn one to hold these fools accountable? Sedition, Treason…are they going to have to assassinate the president before someone holds them accountable?

    For being all about god, country, and patriotism, these guys are going to get the rest of us killed.

  73. John, I Thank you for your comments.
    Also, thank you for remembering all the underhanded crap the cons have done for years!
    Jimmy Carter did all the work, and Reagan’s handlers did all the side deals with the enemy to get him elected.

  74. I think arrested and held in a secret black site and treated like the terrorists they are, until given one final option, resign senate/renounce citizenship/exile to Israel , or go through trial, be found guilty of treason by military tribunal with evidence gathered by enhanced interrogation, summary execution, next of kin billed for the expenses.

    [WINK]

  75. Don’t you have a Klan meeting to go to SOUTHERN AND PROUD(of owning other humans, trying to destroy the Union, Sedition is treason))
    no wonder you support these traitors..

  76. Ok. Hillery did nothing wrong. The servers in question are highly secure non-government servers. Used specifically for personal non-vital business that would clog up government servers. Anything she may have said was done on a government ran non-government meaning not vital government business server. Not illegal and as for obama’s executive orders. He has the right to do that per the constitution. According to the seperation of power it is congress that conducts normal business that is reviewd and approved by the president. However if congress fails to do there job it falls to the executive branch and by extention the president to make law through you guessed it. “Executive orders.” And further more Obama isn’t the first to do so. In fact most of the laws created by executive order have been handed down by republican presidents. Both bushes. Regan. and so on.

  77. Emmm…this isn’t a treaty. This is a negotiation, in which the Legislative Branch has no official jurisdiction. Without authorization, these persons have engaged in an effort to influence /derail the negotiation. That is a violation of the Logan Act.

  78. no democrat has signed it for a reason, thats their support of the president and there is outrage going. i think the dems strategy for most of the shenanigans that the repubs have perpetrated has been excellent. let the repubs hang themselves with the slack we have given them. as the repubs are quite handy at doing this lol

  79. I think you all should read this about the presidents power of making treaties (deals) with IranHe shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. He must have the consent of the senate to make any deals or treaties with a foreign nation, That is in the Constitution.
    The Logan Act if you read it pertains to private citizens or to people who are UNAUTHORIZED to make deals with foreign nations. the senate is authorized

  80. The Founders of our Nation understood that we might need to join international agreements – but they didn’t make it easy. The Constitution gives the President the power to commit the United States to treaties – but only with the advice and consent of two-thirds of the US Senate, and only if the agreement does not contravene the Constitution.

    The process to ratify a treaty may be lengthy, but it is relatively straight forward:

    The senate has regularly refused to give their consent to treaties. As they did with the treaty of Versailles, twice. They sent it back to President Wilson. The president can not ratify it until 2/3 of the senate have given their consent. So when making a treaty it makes since to do one that can be consented to by the senate. The letter should have been sent to Obama and Kerry to remind them of the process.

  81. Who wrote this story Nancy Pelosi? This must be an MSNBC attempt to fool its mindless viewers who are too lazy to look things up. Logan act:: The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
    The Act was intended to prohibit unauthorized United States citizens from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments.[1] VS .. US CONSTITUTION Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, includes the Treaty Clause, which empowers the President of the United States to propose and chiefly negotiate agreements between the United States and other countries, which become treaties between the United States and other countries after the advice and conse

  82. Thank you Mr. Nemesh, Endangering the security of the US and sabotaging official US foreign policy is treason. If it is not stopped now, it will only get worse. It is time to stop the GOP from the idiocy of their penchant for destroying the President. I certainly hope your call for a citizen-backed indictment against the 47 GOP senators succeeds.

  83. Unless, of course, the President wants to go to war against an uprising militant, then they call him a Warmonger. For our President, it’s always a lose:lose situation.

  84. This one statement is what’s wrong with this whole thing: “The Press Secretary stopped short of calling out the Senate Republicans for treasonous behavior…”

    They shouldn’t have stopped short. They should have called this exactly what it was – treason – and had every one of those who participated arrested, thrown out of office and jailed. This sort of backpedaling and back-handed way of doing things is what’s wrong with our country! Call it what it is and DO something about it!

  85. I would suggest you were perhaps reading from the Israeli constitution, but they don’t have one, so you’re obviously either simply a liar or a half wit David…

  86. David, you are wrong. Article II of the Constitution says that “[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties…”

    The President makes treaties, then the Senate approves those treaties by 2/3 vote. Congress does not negotiate treaties. The President does. Congress has the ability to say “no,” but members of Congress are not to interfere in the negotiating process.

  87. Your assessment of the Constitution is correct, in many ways, but I think the larger issue is the way in which the Senate went about what they did. To openly defy the President – no matter how wrong he may be – is treasonous because it presents a divided government to others. It exposes a vulnerability that others could exploit. It also undermines his authority in a very public way.

    Any refusal of a bill or reworking of a law is rarely done on a worldwide, public stage, the way this was done. They were tactless and careless…and treasonous.

  88. I sent a blistering letter to Senator Toomey and asked him to resign as a result of his clear violation of the Logan Act. I’m sure that won’t happen, but I hope the people of my state will send him packing at election time.

  89. The division in our country has never been about the man, but his ideologies. It is not about race, or party, it is about America. It is about what is good for the USA. These 47 senators are trying to protect our people and her allies. There are some issues where negotiation should not be considered, and nuclear capabilities are at the top of the list. America and Japan KNOW 1st hand that this kind of devastation is unacceptable in any form. Iran cannot be trusted, nor can this president’s ideologies. Diplomacy with extremists is ignorant at best, and stupid in truth.

  90. Did you in all your wisdom was against the START treaty with the Soviet Union? Stop with your nonsense because I see you and your hooded klan

  91. I thought the Democratic Party was the more enlightened one. All I see here is a bunch of bitter welfare recipients.

  92. The 47 Senators could be individually prosecuted under the Logan Act, which could take years. Or the Administration could sue the Senate in Federal court for violating the Constitutional separation of powers. That might be the fastest way; it could quickly end up with the Supreme Court censuring the Senate as a body. It’s a little unclear what form the censure would take.

  93. I am not trying to start my morning calling you people dumbasses but the majority of people on welfare are republicans
    Red States Are Welfare Queens
    http://www.businessinsider.com/red-states-are-welfare-queens-2011-8

    White People Within Republican States Receive More Welfare and Food-stamps Than the People in Democrat States

    Proven and Admitted Romney/Republican Welfare Lies, Smears, Racism and Class Warfare
    http://exposingreligionblog.tumblr.com/post/35908018305

  94. You would have been more justified in your view if you would have stayed on your 1st point, though it was hard to disseminate. But you are perpetuating an untruth in your final statement, and it is this lie that keeps us divided. Not everything is as base as race, not everyone is bigoted like those who continue with playing the race card.

  95. Having read every word that’s been said here, I still believe heart and soul that when Boehner and his followers invited Netanyahu here to address a joint session of congress behind the president’s back, it was a sad sad day in America. When they topped it off with a letter to Iran, that was a day in America where those senators should have been indicted for treason and swiftly punished. This goes beyond the hate and blatant disrespect they have shown this president since his first day in the White House.

  96. First of all answer my question. Did you oppose the START treat or did any Democrats write a letter to Soviet Poliburo saying we wont honor any agreement negotiated by Reagan which if you ever get past the second amendment you would know that its in the Presidents power to make treaties with other nations. You just mad because I called you out. This has nothing to do with what the President is doing but because of the color of his skin your hate has reduced you people to ignorant idiots

  97. From the north side of the border – I have watched with disdain how this President has systematically and consistently been subjected to attempts at humiliation through various unsavoury means, by people counted among the citizens and members of government in his own country. It is absolutely shameful, and in this case, I agree, treasonous, without a doubt, not to mention disloyal and unpatriotic. As always, I believe your President will rise above this, but I do hope he gets every bit of support possible from his supporters, by way of putting pressure on the powers that be, to uphold the laws of the country, and uphold them against EVERY person responsible. Only then, can you say “We, the People, have spoken!”

  98. David,

    I encourage you to read the constitution (and don’t say you have…because your comment tells me you watch more of Fox News than read constitutions.

    You cannot be further from the truth

  99. You, David, are a typical teabagging nitwit. Like your fellow knuckle-draggers, you know absolutely nothing about the Constitution that you claim to be defending (other than the text of your precious Second Amendment, of course). Do you have enough functioning brain cells to understand the difference between “ratification” and “negotiation,” or has Obama Derangement Syndrome destroyed them all? For over 200 years, it has been recognized and understood that the President is the sole organ for the conduct of foreign policy with other heads of state. Not only would this Congress reverse this long-standing policy and usurp this authority, but they’ve also decided to disregard existing law in order to do this: the Logan Act specifically forbids unauthorized individuals to negotiate directly with other heads of state, which makes the actions of these 47 Senators both criminal and treasonous. The rest of your comment is just the usual right-wing loon babble, and not worthy of a r…

  100. What is treasonous is this FOOL making an agreement with the Devil, in this case IRAN!! I mean how blindly stupid can one man be?

  101. Our current president is not authorized to negotiate suicide pacts. It’s understandable that liberals willing to acquiesce to Iran having nukes would get a bit testy and petulant about it.

  102. These 47 Senators just stepped into scoundrel’s doo-doo. The stench will be on them for a loooong time to come. In their attempt (again) to discredit the President and nullify his powers they resorted to “advising” our adversary via a un-professional one page letter citing the most inaccurate line that a smart and savvy politician should know. International Law 101. I read the Iranian Foreign Minister’s response. He schooled them on AMERICAN POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW !!!! Embarrassing the whole lot. He KNOWS more about out Constitution than THEM! Those 47 will rue the day they signed that letter. Obama weathers the storm again by the bungling idiots in the Republican pool of misfits and bunglers. They have become a laughing stock to the world. Geeeezus. Lawd help us IF these bungling idiots are what we got on Capitol Hill representing the country.

  103. David apparently you are ignorant to the laws and the ay government runs. The president does have the power and authority to by-pass congress. By use of executive orders. Just like a governor and mayor also have the same powers. It takes 3/4 of the congress to overrule the executive order. Also if you think what the rep are doing then you need to get your head outa your ass because undermining the government is treason and those boys are borderline on that topic.

  104. Again bagger read your constitution just make sure you read all of it not just the 2nd
    Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, includes the Treaty Clause, which empowers the President of the United States to propose and chiefly negotiate agreements between the United States and other countries, which become treaties between the United States and other countries after the advice and consent of a supermajority of the United States Senate.

    And what nukes would that be?

  105. Okay I will say it again…..These 47 Senators have been schooled by the Iranian Foreign Minister on the Constitution and International Laws 101.

    They have embarrassed us!

    In their attempts to undermine and ursurp the President’s powers they have resorted to this borderline treasonous act. (Logan Law)

  106. David,
    you need to reread Article II, section 2, clause 2, of the US Constitution. It is called a sole-executive agreement, look it up.

  107. The people’s “House of Representatives” make law. The executive office “executes” the law made. Don’t ask your president to make law. It is not in his job description. It takes a law to make a treaty. NOT an executive order.

  108. Evidently you failed civics being homeschooled
    Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, includes the Treaty Clause, which empowers the President of the United States to propose and chiefly negotiate agreements between the United States and other countries, which become treaties between the United States and other countries after the advice and consent of a supermajority of the United States Senate.

    How do you people get through life being so stupid?

  109. The ignorance of the Constitution that Republican Law makers continue to show is representative of the weakness of their platform and their party. The fact that they can use that position of ignorance to lecture a trained Constitutional lawyer is patently foolish. I sincerely hope that a Liberal President, elected in 2016 has an opportunity to nominate Barack Obama to the US Supreme Court, so that a)we will have a justice who truly does know the law, and b)isn’t in the pockets of conservative moneyed interests

  110. You’re wrong, David. Look up the Logan Act (18 U.S. Code § 953) — the Republicans who signed this letter are guilty of, at the least, a felony.

  111. Don’t let THAT stop you! Their phones should be ringing off the hook! They keep count of yea/nay calls on every issue. I do it all the time!

  112. Things were much different in 1983, and I was barely old enough to vote. Dealing with Russia or China does not compare to negotiating with countries like Iran and N. Korea. I don’t think anyone was happy with the Start Treaty, but most of us recognized that Russia wasn’t some little country that we could ignore, and we had to accept their status on the world stage. In 2010, Obama and Medvedev signed the new Start treaty. The Russian people don’t have a mindset of killing every individual who doesn’t conform to their way of thinking, and for me, is the true variable.

  113. It’s funny our government cannot come up with a budget to finance the Country but they have so much time to go after Clinton’s e-mails and write letters to foreign governments. What’s wrong with this picture?

  114. Joe you said UNAUTHORIZED, who or what gives Congress the AUTHORITY to negotiate or make treaty’s. I don’t recall seeing anything in the Constitution that gives congress the authority to negotiate or make treaty’s, only to the President has the authority but within the guide lines of the constitution

  115. Keep in mind David, that The United States is not the only country that is trying to work on Iran for a solution. So take you comments and stick it up you ass, because those other countries do not have to abide by you opinion.

  116. The Republicans, according to the last election, apparently have the support of the majority of the voting population. We really need to get them out of office. They are unwilling or unable to work with others- sociopathic. They are an embarrassment to the U.S. and in a feeding frenzy against Obama. They are beyond shameful. The signers of this letter should be punished and in the harshest ways possible. Their actions were treasonous, presidentialy insulting and frankly an action of anarchy. What does it take for people to understand that and get them out of office?

  117. The case you make is irrelevant to what they did, because they didn’t go about it in a scenario like the one you described. You sound like my kid after he’s caught stealing a dessert before dinner.

  118. These U.S. Senators simply wasted their time in writing this letter to Iran. The United States is not the only country involved in these negotiations, despite what’s written in the Senators’ letter. Whether Americans want to admit it or not, the actions of these Senators did much damage to foreign relations. Besides, it is highly unlikely that Iran will come to any agreement with the P5+1 that will prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Why should they? If these negotiations do not lead to an agreement, then what next? Will these so-called representatives of the people be willing to put their lives on the line to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons? No, they will not. The only thing that these Senators are attempting to do is to discredit and disrespect the President. However, what they have succeeded in doing is showing the world just how divided the United States really is.

  119. DAVID; You have the nerve to call Brenda IGNORANT!! YOU STAND UP INGNARANCE CONGRESS DOES NOT RATIFY ANYTHING, READ IT CORRECTLY, THEY ADVISE AND YES THE PRESIDENT HAVE THE AUTHORITY!! YOU ARE DUMB TRYING TO CORRECT SOMEONE WHICH YOU HAVE THE SLIGHTEST CLUE!! EVEYONE KNEW YOU WAS STUPID WHEN FIRST USED THE WORD RATIFY BY CONGRESS!! DUMMY!!

  120. I’ve been keeping a close watch on the petition to File charges against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/file-charges-ag…/NKQnpJS9. It’s almost at 260,000 signatures. Every time I refresh the page a couple of thousand more names have been added. I am glad to know that I’m not the only one that is sick and tired of this kind of juvenile, petty, selfish, and now treasonous behavior by our Republican Senators. I urge everyone to sign this, but am not convinced that ANYTHING will happen to these guys. There is not much of a political price these guys aren’t willing to pay to get their pound of flesh from OUR Commander and Chief. But it’s still nice to dream as I watch the numbers rise on this petition it gives me hope, that I am not alone. That Democrats and Patriots of all political parties still believe that politics should stop at the water’s edge and that we are better…

  121. I’ll trade you an Issa for a Crapo and a Risch. Both my Idahoan dimwitted Senators signed this letter. I’m ashamed and really embarrassed more than anything. Its absolutely cringeworthy what these Republicans did. I mean Cotton is a Junior Senator who has said some really questionable things and they blindly follow the stupidest man in the room! And we have Iran schooling them on OUR constitution! Geesh!

  122. Impeachment of The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

    The 47 senators need to be first convicted of violating the Logan Act, and then impeached. Do we as a country have the political will to go through this? Hold special elections to replace these guys, and 47 separate trials, which would be tied up in court forever not to mention hearings on the matter. I think it is unreasonable to hope for, but censure?

  123. Joe happens to be correct. The Logan Act does indeed say “unauthorized” persons. However, as the Senate must rataify any treaty the President makes, and those signers of the letter are sitting elected Senators who must either agree with the treaty or not, they are most certinealy authorized. And further, the letter does not “Negoeate” but rather informs the Iranians that any deal that is not in the intreast of the US will not be ratafied. In NO way do the actions of the senators equal Treason.

  124. Wish you could spell.

    These negotiations are for the enforcement of a treaty (the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) that has *already* been ratified. Unless engaged in the denunciation of said treaty (which they are not), the Senate must butt out.

  125. Again this is not a bilateral treaty. It is an agreement among the permanent 5 of the Security Council falling under the NPT TREATY which BTW we have already signed and ratified. Congress has no role in this unless you want to leave the UN. Turn off ox and read for a change

  126. I am a proud Kentuckian who loves his state, but it’s politics is clearly underhanded and corrupt. Like the comments previously mentioned, treason for those who wrote and signed that letter!

  127. wth they need to face a court of law , pay taken away,Put in Jail for a Long long time.If our people face a court of law and are found guilty those found guilty serve their time in Jail. we expect the same from those Criminal,and I will go as far and say you are criminals too and the media for not asking the right questions and not pointing anything out.

  128. I have to laugh at this he cannot answer one question truthfully. I have read most of your post and you all sound stupid you believe every thing you read or hear. I am not a supporter of obama or hillary but I am a supporter of our laws and constitution and part of that is the right to freedom of speech whether it is in a letter or internet or in speech Everyone wants to jump on a bandwagon one way or another instead of griping and whinny about things maybe next time you elect someone in into office maybe you should listen to what they say or don’t say. Most of them can not give a straight answer. no president has ever had the power to dictate what he will do with out the majority of the peoples vote better bone up on how our government works. don’t they teach U.S. Government in schools anymore they did when I went so stop whining and educate yourself

  129. i kinda love that Earnest referenced Steve Jobs’/Apple’s BS rationalization for crappy products in his comments on Cotton.

  130. This goes well beyond the Logan Act. There is a report that one of John Boehner’s aides boasted that the congressman negotiated the guarantee of a substantial contribution of money to the Republican caucus from Netanyahu for the privilege of speaking before congress. If true, that brings the violation of law to a whole other level. These senators are members of the Republican caucus and are therefore implicated in Boehner’s violation of law (Title 18, 201 b2). It means that they entered into a criminal conspiracy in accepting the promise of money from Netanyahu, a foreign agent, and then acting under color of office on behalf of that agent’s country against our own government. That violates at least two clauses of the constitution and half a dozen criminal laws, regardless of their intentions.

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