Maginnis: Kerry, others were 'manipulated' by Iran's Zarif

Monday, March 1, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iranian official)A national defense analyst says it's unlikely that former members of the Obama administration will be prosecuted for doing something he says is "tacitly illegal."

The Washington Times recently reported that in 2019 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (pictured) met with Robert Malley, who once was then-candidate Barack Obama's Middle East advisor, in an apparent attempt to undermine the Trump team and lay the groundwork for post-Trump relations. Zarif also met with former Secretary of State John Kerry and other Obama veterans during the Trump years, hoping they would return to power.

Bob Maginnis is a retired U.S. Army officer who now serves as senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council.

"Kerry continued to play as if he was secretary of state, which is tacitly illegal – even though it's unlikely to get prosecuted," he tells One News Now. "But that undermined our best interests – and if you're trying to undermine a sitting president and his staff, then that is incredibly unhelpful [to that administration]."

Maginnis

Maginnis says credit should be given to Zarif, who speaks excellent English, was educated in the U.S., and understands the American political system.

"He was manipulating the likes of Malley and Kerry and others to his own advantage," the Pentagon advisor argues. "I'm surprised that the Trump administration didn't yank his visa as soon as the administration took over. We should have done that and he wouldn't have come back to this country. [But] that would not have stopped Kerry and the likes from continuing to try to undermine the [Trump] administration."

Maginnis finds it unfortunate that the Biden administration is beginning to reverse all the good done by President Donald Trump.

"This is obviously very dangerous," he concludes. "The Iranians are not to be trusted – and there are good reasons for me saying that, some of which I'm not going to talk about."

As the Washington Times points out, both Kerry and Malley are now in the Biden administration – Kerry as a "climate advisor" and Malley as special envoy for Iran policy at the State Department.

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