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In a move never before done in the United States, 47 Senators (including 3 who may run for the presidency in 2016), signed an open letter to Iran threatening their leadership on any nuclear deal being brokered by the United States along with 5 other countries including Russia.
The letter came on the heels of Benjamin Netanyahus visit to Washington where much of Washington boycotted his visit and we absent from his speech including the president and the vice president. Bibi, although getting the applause from the peanut gallery as he does, spoke of nothing more than WHY ANY deal with Iran was a bad idea. The same rhetoric he has said since 1995.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Americans have signed a petition to the White House demanding “treason” charges against the signatories of the letter.
The petition has collected over 270,000 people since Monday, by far exceeding the 100,000 signatures required for the White House to respond.
According to the petition, the 47 senators “committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.”
Tehran has dismissed the letter as a publicity stunt that has no legal value.