Former presidents have no governing power, yet Donald Trump is openly running a shadow government that is now in violation of the Logan Act because Trump is conducting foreign policy as a private citizen who does not represent the Biden Administration.
In a statement released through his sycophants on Twitter, Trump announced he sent former illegally acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell to be his “envoy ambassador” in Serbia and Kosovo and promote an economic agreement reached between the two nations during his presidency.
“The great people of Serbia and Kosovo have overcome tremendous obstacles in their pursuit of economic normalization,” Trump wrote. “The agreements my administration brokered are historic and should not be abandoned, many lives are at stake. Today, my envoy ambassador Ric Grenell visited the Kosovo-Serbia border to highlight this important agreement.”
The former president has an envoy ambassador and is conducting foreign policy pic.twitter.com/m60Wkl9gU1
— David Freedlander (@freedlander) November 11, 2021
Again, former presidents have no power to conduct foreign policy and diplomacy, and certainly do not have their own envoys to send overseas. Republicans would be screaming bloody murder if former President Obama had sent his own “envoys” overseas to conduct foreign policy when Trump was in office. Of course, Obama’s foreign policy decisions would have been much better than Trump’s, but it would still be illegal.
It’s illegal because the Logan Act of 1799 criminalizes such conduct.
The law states:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Trump is clearly trying to undermine Biden’s foreign policy and is testing the strength of the Logan Act. This must not be tolerated. Trump is no longer in office. Therefore, he has absolutely no power to conduct foreign policy, just like he has no power to invoke executive privilege.
The law plainly says that Trump and Grenell should be fined or imprisoned for this illicit activity. The Justice Department needs to act to ensure that the only government of the United States is the legitimately elected one.
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