Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is facing new calls to step down from his position as the Biden administration’s climate czar.
Amid allegations that he leaked sensitive information about Israel to Iranian leaders during the Obama administration, many Republicans are saying that Kerry needs to go if the claims are proven to be accurate.
“Purportedly leaked material”
According to Breitbart, the London-based organization Iran International obtained audio recordings of Kerry disclosing details about covert Israeli operations in Syria to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Those recordings were subsequently passed on to The New York Times.
At the time of the reported recordings, Kerry was serving as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state and working closely with Zarif to develop the controversial Iran nuclear deal.
For its part, the U.S. Department of State has not yet been able to confirm or deny the “authenticity” or “accuracy” of the material in question, according to spokesman Ned Price.
“This is purportedly leaked material,” he said in response to questions from reporters. “Can’t speak to the authenticity, can’t speak to the accuracy of it, can’t speak to any motives that may be behind its dissemination.”
That has not stopped high-profile elected officials like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from demanding an investigation and answers.
“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,” Cruz said in a statement to the Daily Wire. He went on to assert that the story appears “consistent” with Kerry’s “long pattern of empowering Iran’s regime.”
The Texas Republican, who is just one of several in his party to speak out in the wake of the recent reports, claimed that the former secretary of state “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.”
Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on Twitter by drawing a contrast between how the mainstream media has reacted to these claims and the way a member of his father’s administration might be treated.
“Imagine for a second a Trump official sitting on the NSC, like Kerry does, told Iran details about Israeli strikes?” he tweeted on Monday. “I believe the media would be screaming TREASON ad they wouldn’t be too far off, but of course they’ll say and do nothing because they’re useless propagandists.”
Kerry addressed the situation in a tweet of his own this week, denying any wrongdoing and disputing the allegations, declaring: “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.”