Over 230,000 Americans Demand That The 47 Iran Letter Republicans Face Criminal Charges

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The White House petition demanding that the forty-seven Republicans who signed the letter to Iran has surpassed 230,000 signatures in less than three days as the outrage over the overt act of Republican sabotage is showing no signs of slowing.

The We The People Petition states:

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.

Temple University law professor Peter Spiro declared, “This [letter] seems squarely to satisfy the elements of the law.”

Other experts disagree, rome Barron, a professor of Constitutional Law at George Washington University said, “They would make the argument the Logan Act doesn’t apply because they are one of the three branches of government and although the they don’t have the major role of foreign relations, they do, after all, as the senate, confirm treaties,” Barron said. “It’s true this is an executive agreement, but they [the Senate] have some role I suppose. I don’t think they’re in violation of the Logan Act.”
The Justice Department will most likely have something to say in response to the petition. Beyond the argument over the Logan Act, what can’t be denied is that the sense of outrage over the Republican letter is real and still growing.

While the media is busy fretting over Hillary Clinton’s emails, the rest of the country is talking about the Iran letter. Republicans doing bad things has never interested the corporate media, but they would be wise to listen to anger that is growing. Republicans have treated President Obama with disrespect from day one, and the message behind this petition is that hundreds of thousands of Americans aren’t going to take it anymore.

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57 Replies to “Over 230,000 Americans Demand That The 47 Iran Letter Republicans Face Criminal Charges”

  1. Expel the #47Traitors leadership from the Senate now! There is precedent for this. Please sign and share if you agree.

    “…the President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it. As Marshall said in his great argument of March 7, 1800, in the House of Representatives, ‘The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations.’ Annals, 6th Cong., col. 613.
    (United States Supreme Court in United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp.)

    http://www.petition2congress.com/17502/expel-47traitors-leadership-from-senate-now/

  2. As far as I can see, the Logan Act is a joke. Senators acting un-Constitutionally are not a joke. I believe the more pertinent issue, more so than the Logan Act infractions, is the unconstitutionality of their actions. The Executive Branch, headed by the President, alone has the authority to negotiate with foreign governments. The separation of powers of the three branches of government is found in Articles 1-3 of the U.S. Constitution.
    In United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936), Supreme Court Justice Sutherland wrote in the majority opinion:
    “The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation.The President is the constitutional representative of the United States with regard to foreign nations. He manages our concerns with foreign nations, and must necessarily be most competent to determine when, how, and upon what subjects negotiation may be urged with the greatest prospect of success…”
    Unless we wish to slip further into political…

  3. Common wisdom in the beltway and with corporations always believed that if 230,000 people took the time to sign a petition that there are at least three times or more feel the same way. So rather than concentrate on Hillary Clinton’s so called controversial emails, the media should concentrate more on the stupidity of the 47 senators and the four presidential baggers. After all, which is more dangerous to America? The chicken hawks who want war in order to help their defense contractors pals or Hillary Clinton’s emails?

  4. As far as I can see, the Logan Act is a joke. Senators acting un-Constitutionally are not a joke. I believe the more pertinent issue, more so than the Logan Act infractions, is the unconstitutionality of their actions. The Executive Branch, headed by the President, alone has the authority to negotiate with foreign governments. The separation of powers of the three branches of government is found in Articles 1-3 of the U.S. Constitution.
    In United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936), Supreme Court Justice Sutherland wrote in the majority opinion:
    “The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation.The President is the constitutional representative of the United States with regard to foreign nations…” Unless we wish to slip further into political chaos, this behavior on the part of the Legislative Branch needs to be penalized with appropriate consequences.

  5. Barron is just wrong. The Senate does not ‘confirm treaties.” They can advise; they can yell; they can approve of them or not, but the Executive Branch is responsible for treaties. And he teaches LAW?

  6. Al Jazerra got it RIGHT:
    “The key element missing from the GOP Senators’ letter, however, is that the deal is not being negotiated between Iran and the United States; it is being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 group, in which the U.S. is joined by Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Even if the U.S. is the key player in that group, the deal being pursued reflects an international consensus — the same consensus that has made sanctions against Iran so effective.”

    http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2015/3/9/what-46-republican-senators-may-not-understand-about-iran.html

    This is disturbing:
    Immediately After Launching Effort to “Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton To Meet with Defense Contractors”
    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/09/upon-launching-effort-scuttle-iran-deal-senator-tom-cotton-meets-defense-contractors/

  7. I will say it again. The Senate has no say in any agreement with Iran. Whatever is agreed, this will fall under the NPT(Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) which means its an International treaty that we already have signed

  8. The Al Jazzera article says it all

    Al Jazeera gets A+. The Iran deal will be a Security Council Non-Proliferation Treaty Resolution

    “There are no negotiations on Iran’s “nuclear-weapons program” because the world’s intelligence agencies (including those of the U.S. and Israel) do not believe Iran is currently building nuclear weapons, nor has it made a strategic decision to use its civilian nuclear infrastructure to produce a bomb. An active Iranian nuclear-weapons program would render moot the current negotiations, because Iran would be in fundamental violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”
    http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2015/3/9/what-46-republican-senators-may-not-understand-about-iran.html

  9. —-“The new Senate leadership has decided that instead of allowing experienced professional diplomats to try to negotiate a nuclear disarmament deal with America’s longtime enemy Iran, it should let a freshman senator lead an amateurish and unprecedented effort to undermine U.S. foreign policy.”——
    ============================
    Tom Cotton, in an amateurish letter to “Dear Iran” has embarrassed himself and the 46 Senators who signed and has embarrassed the United States. He led the blinded Senators off the cliff into shame.

  10. They don’t even know it’s not just between the US and Iran, it’s between the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran.

    Al Jazerra:

    “The key element missing from the GOP Senators’ letter, however, is that the deal is not being negotiated between Iran and the United States; it is being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 group, in which the U.S. is joined by Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Even if the U.S. is the key player in that group, the deal being pursued reflects an international consensus — the same consensus that has made sanctions against Iran so effective.”

  11. precedent has already been clearly set. In the case United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. (1936), Justice Sutherland wrote in the majority opinion:
    “The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it.”

  12. Yes, but Tom Cotton IS an expert because he served in the military for 4 years. Therefore he knows what needs to be done. Too bad he isn’t smart enough to figure out how foreign policy works. He is an educated nitwit that acts like he has no idea how government works, military service and college education or not.

  13. Eisenhower predicted this type of thing!
    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machi…

  14. He’s a lawyer. The JAG is an ancillary Corps, like the chaplains and Medics. It’s a courtesy rank. They don’t compete with line officers for promotion, and can’t hold command over servicepeople outside their corps.

  15. He did not lead them anywhere they were unwilling to go. They CHOSE to let a SFB lead them off that cliff.

    They CHOSE to dishonor themselves and their country. Nor were they blinded (except by arrogance and their extreme hatred for our President).

    One does, however, have to question their ability to read and understand the law.

  16. Concerned about technical difficulties with the petition. I tried to sign it on three separate occasions without success. I’ve never received the e-mail needed to confirm my signature, and it’s not going to my spam folder. I can’t be the only one. I think the total number of signatures should be much higher.

  17. Folks, if anything, the GOP has completely been invalidated and basically neutered when it comes to anything and everything foreign policy. they have no clue how major this little stunt of theirs was. if any of the rightwing or conservative or GOP opens their mouths to speak or criticize someone over foreign policy, they will be laughed right off the stage. why? because the GOP senate is a bunch of traitors. This is absolute gold for the dems for the next DECADE!! seriously, how could those GOP fools be so damn stupid??? I guess it should not surprise us anymore.

  18. The 47 FOOLS will get their diapers cought up in a wad!!

    There’s nothing like wasting time on NOTHING constructive, like you know a JOBS BILL…

    I wonder what happened to “all” those bills piled on Reids desk they were screaming about…did they just disappear?

  19. Now all the countries who have disagreements with us will see us as unable to govern.

    Dumya Bush and now these 47 tea bag/repubs have made us the laughing stock of the world.

  20. You’d think at least 1 of the 47 had a brain to understand all this.

    There were 7 republicans who didn’t sign and are smiling they didn’t.

  21. The two senators from Ga. signed this letter. One of them, Mr. Purdue has just been sworn into office less than a year ago and already he has proven like his colleague that he is more than ready to profit from defense contracts and war. Had senators from the GOP written a letter to Khrushchev stating that JFK had no authority to negotiate, what a different world we would or would not live in today. These senators need to be held accountable for their reckless actions.

  22. The tea bag/repubs are now screaming about when SOTH Pelosi went to Syria.
    She went to Bush first to get his permission, he said no, however Bush refused to talk to Hariri. Pelosi went anyway to try to avoid a war, at least Bush knew about it first.

  23. I sent a letter to the Junior Senator from Montana expressing my disgust.

    “You may not understand that with your signature, you attest that the State of Montana, its voters and citizens sided with you, and the GOP, against President Obama. We do not. “

  24. Andy, got that right, spot on.

    I have relatives abroad, and when we talk they ask what is WRONG WITH THE AMERICANS???

  25. For those looking for a loophole in the Logan Act by claiming as senators they ARE the US government, well that won’t work. They signed as individuals ( albeit on Senate letterhead stationery) but this was never voted on or approved by the US Senate. So they are responsible as individual citizens and thereby in violation of the Logan Act, as well as parts if the Constitution.

  26. Rome Barron is wrong. These Senators were not acting as members of the Senate they were acting as private unauthorized citizens. The letter was not an act of the Senate, it was an act of Idiots. …And in Joni Ernst’s case, a Court Martial and Dishonorable Discharge is in order.

  27. I also loved how they brought up in their letter the fact that the presidents limited term of office. However, (they) served a six year term with no maximum limit. Maybe we should change that for them? hmmm can Senators be impeached?

  28. “Other experts disagree, rome Barron, a professor of Constitutional Law at George Washington University said, “They would make the argument the Logan Act doesn’t apply because they are one of the three branches of government and although the they don’t have the major role of foreign relations, they do, after all, as the senate, confirm treaties,” Barron said.”

    This argument doesn’t hold water. The signatories may have been US Senators, but it was not done by the Senate, but by 47 partisan Republicans. That was not a Senate sanctioned act and therefore cannot be claimed as such.

  29. Wow….in reading about this, I find that Terhan tom and his cohorts of Nazi wannabes seem to want war more than anything else; and if it undercuts the President of the US, so much the better—ya GOTTA LOVE THE RACISM!!!!

  30. You must have gone to the wrong place.. you can still sign-up…
    The number of signatures are beyond 265,800 …..

  31. SOOOO Robyn Ryan why is this not broadcast over the news? If it was very small mr cotton would lose even more credibility. would he Not?
    he never served in any form of service that placed him in danger. Hhe is nothing more then a lying coward. A lying coward that is making a very large amount of cash for doing this dark deed.(kind of like so many other rethugs)

  32. Who is left to censure them? nearly the whole Senate went with this deed. The censure needs to come from the voter.. the citizens of the States who these men represent…BUT will IT?? The Senate was at one time a governing body that had great respect, knowledge and ability. Not so much these days, with the base, dishonorable, disgraceful and petty men who hold office now.
    The senate needs to regain the respect they once held…..

  33. Treason can only be committed during a state of war as declared by congress. But that doesn’t matter. Due to unconstitutional legislation these very same republican’ts voted for allow for them to be apprehended on suspecion of sedition and held for an indefinite length of time without charges. All Obama has to do is say the word, arrest these domestic terrorists and put them in Gitmo forever. Maybe even a little waterboard therapy is in order, they all support that too.

  34. I’m upset that they won’t let American’s continue to sign this petition. That seems strange right? I’ve kept the petition up and have been checking it periodically to watch it. I assumed that it would stay up for a lot longer than 3 days, it could have surpassed a million at this rate.

  35. Barron, a professor of Constitutional Law at George Washington University said, “They would make the argument the Logan Act doesn’t apply because they are one of the three branches of government

    Be careful using the “Law doesn’t apply to us” argument. People may catch on about how that’s the way you operate.

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