Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie'

Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie'
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“That is, once again, another presidential lie, a complete effort by the president to distort reality,” Kerry said in a Fox News interview.


Kerry’s comments were in response to a tweet the president posted Thursday morning saying Kerry and Murphy "grossly violated the Logan Act," which restricts private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without approval from the administration.


Kerry, who was head of the State Department during the Obama administration and helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal which Trump pulled out of last year, and Murphy have met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif individually at conferences.

It is not the first time Trump has accused Kerry and Murphy of violating the Logan Act. 

“If he knew anything about the law he’d know I did not negotiate with anybody. I’ve done what every senator and secretary of State in history have done and that’s just to continue to go to conferences abroad or have meetings in order to be well informed. We reached no negotiations,” Kerry said, before shifting attention to Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiJake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election Pioneering New York City Mayor David Dinkins dies at 93 Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE, Trump’s personal attorney and adviser who has done personal consulting work for foreign governments while also working for the president. 

“But what he ought to do is focus on somebody called Rudy Giuliani who has been out there very engaged in direct negotiations in an effort to subterfuge foreign policy,” Kerry said. “The personal attorney of the president of the United States should not be meeting with people who have now been indicted, who have broken the law and are now engaged in activities with the president’s personal lawyer."

“We have to be real here: That is an activity way beyond anything I’ve ever seen in my life and I think it’s completely and totally inappropriate," he added.