There’s an old adage that “Loose lips sink ships.” For John Kerry, who is currently serving as President Joe Biden’s U.S. special envoy for climate change, he may be about to sink his own career after allegedly sharing information with Iran.
Several lawmakers are calling for Kerry’s resignation because he allegedly tipped off Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about at least 200 attacks perpetrated by Isreal, the Washington Times reported. The information comes from leaked audio that some are saying amounts to treason.
Kerry served as secretary of state during the Iranian-friendly Obama administration but denies tipping off the Iranian government. “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false,” Kerry, who served in the position from 2013-2017, said. “This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.”
Some of the information Kerry was caught speaking about is now publicly known, though it is unclear if it was at the time statements were made. Still, several Republicans have gotten on board with calls for Kerry’s resignation based on the allegations.
Trump administration officials like former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly called for an investigation. Haley called Kerry’s conduct “disgusting on many levels.” Pompeo said the allegations confirmed “what I’ve said for years: that [Zarif] continued to engage with former Secretary of State Kerry on policy matters after Kerry’s public service and, according to Zarif, Kerry informed the Iranians of Israeli operations.”
Republican lawmakers also got on board with calls for Kerry’s resignation. “People are talking about treason — and I don’t throw that word around a lot,” Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said. “John Kerry does all kinds of things that I can’t stand. But this is the one that broke the camel’s back,” he explained.
“If this tape is verified,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said, “it would signal catastrophic and disqualifying recklessness by Envoy Kerry to Foreign Minister Zarif that endangered the safety of Americans and our allies.” He said the allegations fit with Kerry’s “long pattern of empowering Iran’s regime” in his previous position.
“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,” Cruz charged.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham did add a note of caution to the impassioned rhetoric, however. “I don’t know if we should trust that tape or not. If it’s true, it’s very damaging,” Graham admitted. “I like John Kerry, but that would not be helpful, and it would be very problematic if it were true. But let’s wait and see how authentic this is.”
The truth will eventually come to light, but these allegations are serious enough to warrant further official scrutiny. If found to be true, these serious charges against Kerry would amount to treason — and losing his special position in the Biden administration will be the least of his problems.