Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Senate Finance chair backs budget action on fossil fuel subsidies Kerry: 'We can't get where we need to go' in climate fight if China isn't joining in A new UN climate architecture is emerging focused on need for speed MORE plans to give graduates at Harvard Kennedy School a piece of advice at their commencement Wednesday: Learn Russian.
"I'm often asked what the secret is to have a real impact on government. Well, it's recently changed," Kerry will say, according to Politico.
"I used to say, either run for office or get a degree from Harvard Kennedy School. With this White House I'd say, buy Rosetta Stone and learn Russian."
His comments, set to be delivered Wednesday afternoon, come after the Justice Department named a special counsel for the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race and ties between President Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt" and said the naming of a special counsel "hurts the country."
During the speech, Kerry is expected to say that democracy relies on free speech and on "speech being truthful."
"It is the truth after all that sets us free. And the truth is: No, this is not a normal time," he will say.