Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who currently serves as President Joe Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, is still under fire after a bombshell report emerged over the weekend claiming that he leaked sensitive information about covert strikes by Israel to his friends in Iran.
According to Breitbart, a number of Republicans are not only calling for an investigation into his alleged leaking of that information but are also calling for Kerry’s immediate resignation. Those Republicans include Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK).
Making matters worse for Kerry, Iran International first obtained tapes of the alleged leak, which was later released to the New York Times. The tapes include Kerry allegedly telling Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — who Kerry worked with on the original Iran nuclear deal — about Israeli airstrikes and various covert military operations that were carried out in Syria.
A growing list of Republicans, including the aforementioned GOP senators, made clear in no uncertain terms that Kerry should be investigated and ultimately resign over the bombshell report.
“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 of the tapes.
“He should resign or he should get fired by the president of the United States,” Sullivan said, slamming Kerry for “revealing secret information to one of America’s most sworn enemies with the blood of thousands of American military members on its hands.”
Scott went one further, demanding in a tweet that Biden revoke Kerry’s access to national intelligence briefings while an investigation is launched, adding that if the allegations are true, Kerry should then resign.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) April 26, 2021
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price acknowledged the leaked content but appeared to quickly defend Kerry, saying “I would just make the broad point that if you go back and look at press reporting from the time, this certainly was not secret, and governments that were involved were speaking to this publicly on the record.”