(USA Features) Outraged Republicans called on former Secretary of State John Kerry to resign from his Biden administration post as climate czar following a report he provided an Iranian official with sensitive intelligence on Israel.
The calls come after the publication of excerpts from an audio file obtained by The New York Times in which Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Kerry told him Israel struck Tehran’s military assets at least 200 times in Syria.
Kerry has denied the accusations.
“I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened — either when I was Secretary of State or since,” he said Monday.
But skeptical Republicans pushed back, saying the allegations are serious enough to warrant investigating.
“If this tape is verified, it would signal catastrophic and disqualifying recklessness by Envoy Kerry to Foreign Minister Zarif that endangered the safety of Americans and our allies,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a statement to The Daily Wire.
“And it would be consistent with his long pattern of empowering Iran’s regime. Kerry poured hundreds of billions of dollars into the Ayatollah’s terrorist bank accounts, was a close confidant with Zarif during the Obama administration, and was caught repeatedly meeting with him during the Trump administration (notwithstanding the Logan Act) — and has never publicly accounted for what they discussed,” he added.
Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Free Beacon that the accusations are reflective of “what I’ve said for years: That [Zarif] continued to engage with former secretary of state Kerry on policy matters after Kerry’s public service and, according to Zarif, Kerry informed the Iranians of Israeli operations.”
“Before we cut a deal with Iran that reduces Americans’ security, it would be good to know what the arrangement, if any, may have been between these two leaders,” he added.
Other Republicans made statements critical of Kerry as well.
Kerry’s “is a criminal act and John Kerry must be immediately investigated and PROSECUTED. President Biden must immediately remove John Kerry from any government or advisory position,” Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York wrote on Twitter.
“This is disgusting on many levels. Biden and Kerry have to answer for why Kerry would be tipping off Iran, the number one sponsor of terror, while stabbing one of our greatest partners, Israel, in the back,” former Trump UN ambassador Nikki Haley added.
“Imagine for a second a Trump official sitting on the NSC, like Kerry does, told Iran details about Israeli strikes? I believe the media would be screaming TREASON and they wouldn’t be too far off, but of course they’ll say and do nothing because they’re useless propagandists,” said Donald Trump Jr.