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Reps Wagner, Barr and Zeldin Lead Call for State Department IG Investigation into Kerry over Iran Bombshell

Apr 28, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  –  Today, three GOP House Foreign Affairs Committee Members, U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) and U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), wrote to the U.S. State Department Inspector General to demand an investigation into Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.  A bombshell report and an audio recording released on Monday by the New York Times, indicated that Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State, leaked sensitive intelligence about alleged Israeli military operations in Syria against Iranian interests to the Foreign Minister of Iran, Javid Zarif.  

“The claims against Special Envoy Kerry are of grave concern, and the Biden Administration must conduct a full investigation into his potentially dangerous relationship with Iranian leaders,” said Congresswoman Wagner.  “A leak of this nature threatens our national security and betrays our allies.  The Biden Administration must take decisive action to determine whether Special Envoy Kerry should continue to serve in his current role, and whether or not allies can trust him to safeguard our shared interests.”

“If this report is true, Secretary Kerry severely undermined the American-Israeli alliance to provide intelligence about one of our most trusted allies to the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism,” said Congressman Barr.  “John Kerry and Joe Biden have proven to be pro-Iranian before by championing the failed Iran Nuclear Deal, but this type of betrayal of a staunch ally is simply unconscionable.  We need the Inspector General to launch an immediate, impartial investigation to determine the validity of these claims.”

“The State Department must investigate the massively alarming allegations that John Kerry leaked information to Iran on covert Israeli military operations.  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,” said Congressman Zeldin.

The New York Times report comes on the heels of the Biden Administration’s announcement earlier this month that the U.S. would be sending over $200 million to the Palestinians.  President Biden made that decision despite the ongoing “Pay to Slay” scheme where the Palestinians pay the families of deceased terrorists in some instances targeted American service-members and our Israeli allies.  Additionally, the Biden Administration continues to openly flirt with the idea of rejoining the failed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) even as there are rising tensions in the Middle East surrounding Iran’s nuclear ambitions.