Republican lawmakers are calling on the State Department to launch an investigation into the possibility that John Kerry may have disclosed inside information to Iran about military movements by Israel, a major U.S. ally.
In a letter to Acting Inspector General Diana Shaw, Representatives Ann Wagner (R-MO), Andy Barr (R-KY) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) urged a full investigation into Kerry’s “relationship with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif.”
In an audio that surfaced, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that during the Barack Obama administration, Kerry provided them with information about Israeli military movements.
Although Kerry denied having betrayed Israel by providing information to Iran, already in 2019, former President Donald Trump had accused him of violating federal law by allegedly siding with Iran.
Given the “gravity of the security threat Iran poses to U.S., we respectfully ask that you fully investigate these allegations,” the representatives wrote.
“Iran is a serious threat to Israel, a bulwark of democracy and stability in the Middle East. It is in our national security interest to stand by our strategic ally, not sell it out to our adversaries,” the lawmakers added.
The representatives asked whether the State Department was already aware of the allegations, and further inquired about the status of Kerry’s security clearance, as well as the circumstances under which the information was leaked.
Rep. Zeldin called the allegations against Kerry “enormously alarming”
“If it’s proven that Kerry actively undermined one of America’s staunchest allies, he needs to resign from the Biden administration immediately and have his security clearance revoked.”
On Monday, Kerry denied the allegations, calling them “equivocally false” and writing on Twitter, “This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since.”
Pompeo asks John Kerry for explanations
For his part, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said John Kerry should clarify his conversations with the Iranian foreign minister.
“John Kerry owes the American people an explanation of what exactly he discussed with the Iranians” Pompeo wrote in an op-ed published on Fox News.
Pompeo accused Kerry, who served as former President Obama’s secretary of state from 2013 to 2017, of using “these backdoor channels to undermine” Israel and discuss sensitive military operations of the allied nation.
“t is quite possible that while I was briefing President [Donald] Trump about Iranian operations in Syria, Kerry was briefing Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other top Iranian officials about Israeli operations there,” Pompeo said.