Former Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted that he has met with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in recent months in a bid to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, reported the Townhall.
"Every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world", Kerry said on "The Daily Briefing".
"You can't find precedent for this in U.S. history and the secretary ought not engage in this kind of behavior", Pompeo continued, in answer to a question.
Kerry was an architect of the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from in May and has met several times with Iran's foreign minister since leaving office.
"Mr. President, you should be more anxious about Paul Manafort meeting with Robert Mueller than me meeting with Iran's FM", Kerry said on Twitter shortly after Pompeo's remarks, referring to Trump's former campaign chairman who on Friday agreed to cooperate with federal investigators into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry admits to meeting with Iranian officials; reaction and analysis from the "Special Report" All-Stars.
But Josh Rosenstein, a partner with the Washington law firm Sandler Reiff and a specialist in lobbying compliance, said there was too much missing information as to whether the law applies to Kerry's interactions with Zarif.
Kerry played a crucial role in crafting the Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement. Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!
The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires those representing the interests of foreign powers to disclose those relationships and any related activities and finances. "The devil's always in the details", Rosenstein told the AP.
Reports that Kerry met with Zarif first surfaced in May. "Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!" he said on May 8.
As of this writing, Kerry, who is now promoting his new book "Every Day is Extra", has not responded to Trump's or Pompeo's broadsides. "Actively undermining USA policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of".
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert added: "I've seen him brag about the meetings that he has had with the Iranian government and Iranian government officials".
"What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better", Kerry explained. You know, how does one resolve Yemen?