Amid Escalating Tensions, Why Was Dianne Feinstein Secretly Meeting with This Official?
In early May, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the deployment of a carrier strike group to the Middle East.
Bolton revealed the development was meant to send an “unmistakable message.”
A mere two weeks later, President Donald J. Trump made waves when he tweeted, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”
According to TheBlaze, “The ‘end’ is a pretty unambiguous threat of force.
The threats the President is referring to, and which were outlined previously by Bolton, include intelligence assessment that Iran and its proxies could be planning to undertake attacks on Americans in Iraq, and participating in terrorist actions in Gaza against Israel, not to mention Iran’s renewed interest in pursuing nuclear programs.”
Due to the threat, the U.S. State Department withdrew non-essential personnel from Iraq.
In light of the escalating tensions, it was more than a little intriguing to learn that Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat – California, recently shared a meal with an Iranian Foreign Minister. Even more astonishingly, left leaning Politico is the media outlet that broke the story.
The mystery began with a clearly visible iPhone screen.
Politico wrote, “SPOTTED: SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-Calif.), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, walking around the Capitol with her iPhone screen facing outward in full view, and Javad Zarif’s contact page on the screen. Zarif is the name of Iran’s foreign minister.”
After noticing Zarif’s name on Feinstein’s screen, Politico inquired about it.
Reportedly, they talked with the Democrat Senator’s communications director, Tom Mentzer. Mentzer informed the media outlet that he “can’t comment on who the senator does or doesn’t speak with.”
Interestingly, Politico later received a statement from Feinstein’s office.
The missive read, “War isn’t necessary to solve a problem when both sides want a solution. I urge Secretary Pompeo to reach out to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who I know doesn’t want to see a conflict with the United States.”
A day after the statement was released, a spokesperson for the Iranian Mission to the UN verified the meeting.
In a report from the controversial country’s state news, Alireza Mir Yousefi stated, “The meeting took place as our routine meetings with members of Congress.”
The California Senator’s office insisted the meal was planned “in consultation with the State Department.” But, the State Department claimed this wasn’t true.
Politico revealed, “A State Department official told us that they did not ask Feinstein to go to the dinner with Zarif, a smooth-talking, American-educated Iranian diplomat who worked on the nuclear deal with John Kerry.”
According to TheBlaze, “the New York Post points out, it’s not just that a Senator met with a hostile foreign power’s representative without coordinating it through the State Department or the administration in the White House, it’s not even just the fact that this particular diplomat worked closely with the previous administration on a deal that is no longer on the table.”
Continuing, the conservative media outlet said, “It’s that the particular Senator happens to be a leading voice in reinstuting that deal, and who publicly blames this administration, and by extension official U.S. policy, for the current state of tension. Not blaming, in other words, the threat against Americans in Iraq or the sponsoring of terror against our ally Israel. No, blaming us.”
To make matters worse, Zarif has just warned America not send any additional troops to the area. Politico stated that it’s “a bit unusual that Feinstein, the former chair and vice chair of the Intelligence Committee and a member of the Senate minority, is dining with the foreign minister of an adversary.”
When asked about the development, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remarked, “it’s unusual, and more importantly, it’s wrong.”
Referring to Feinstein, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and other individuals who worked on the old Iran Deal who still meet with representatives of the country by themselves, Pompeo commented, “They had their day, it’s time to get off the stage.
These acts border — we all know the Logan Act — we all know the risks that is taken when people act as private citizens on behalf of the United States government.”
TheBlaze reported that “The Logan Act forbids unauthorized persons from having private meetings like this, essentially negotiating with hostile foreign governments or governments with which there is a dispute, on behalf of the United States.”
Enacted in 1799, it hasn’t ever been invoked to prosecute an individual.
The U.S. plans to send an extra 1,500 troops to the area. Allegedly, the Pentagon may send up to 10,000 American military personnel.