A source inside the White House told the Daily Caller that once Trump was informed about Kerry’s lobbying to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive, Trump’s mind was made up to withdraw from the deal. Since the inception, Trump was of the opinion that the deal was unfair but he was on the fence as to pulling the plug, until John Kerry’s lobbying.
Trump twitted “The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created the MESS in the first place! John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it! Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!”.
The deal was a cornerstone of the Obama legacy and the Obama team was working hard to keep the deal intact. White house sources confirmed that Kerry’s actions hurt the lobbying effort by those in the West Wing supporting the deal.
It is likely that Kerry’s actions were in violation of the Logan Act. The Logan Act 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.”