Those crowing over Flynn’s ouster (or most of them) don’t understand that it went down because the Powers That Be (or some of them) want war with Russia, not Iran (at least not yet).
So did Obama also violate the Logan Act, when, as a presidential candidate, he sent retired ambassador William Miller to Iran, to let the mullahs know that, if elected, he would deal fairly with them? And, if he did (to quote the Logan Act) thus “indirectly commence … intercourse with [that] foreign government,” should he have quit the race, or, later, been impeached?
It’s a fair question (even though Frank Gaffney, Jr. raises it). The issue, then, is this: Are such sins not so bad when OUR Dear Leader’s team commits them?
Did Barack Obama Violate the Logan Act?
By Frank Gaffney, Jr.
President Trump’s National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn is an extraordinary public servant. He’s now a prime target for his boss’ enemies.
They want him fired for allegedly discussing the Russian ambassador pre-inauguration impending policy shifts. U.S. intelligence sources, Democratic lawmakers and pundits are claiming that, in so doing, Mike Flynn violated the old Logan Act.
Interestingly, three years ago, Michael Ledeen – the coauthor of General Flynn’s best-selling book, Field of Fight – revealed that, before the 2008 election, then-Candidate Barack Obama sent retired Amb. William Miller to Iran “to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies.”
The Logan Act barring freelance diplomacy is sensible, even if never unenforced. It didn’t keep Barack Obama from gaining office, and it shouldn’t be allowed to drive Mike Flynn from his.