No one really knows why former president Barack Obama instantly met with South Korea’s new leader after he got back from a meeting with President Donald Trump.
According to the Korea Herald, President Moon Jae-in repeated his resolution to follow sanctions and discussion to attack North Korea’s nuclear plan during a meeting with ex-president Barack Obama on Monday, stating that this was the “last chance” for the regime to get back on the negotiating process.
The talk lasted for about 40 minutes, and Moon showed the outcome of his latest summit with his obligatory US colleague Donald Trump, questioning Obama for a guidance on was to improve the relationship.
This can be interpreted as breaking the Logan Act as defined by Cornell Law School.
“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
However, according to the New York Times report, the history of impeaching people under the Logan Act is well, thin:
“The Logan Act appears to be a so-called dead letter, meaning a law that remains technically on the books but is essentially defunct or toothless.
A study by the Congressional Research Service in 2015 said nobody has ever been prosecuted under the statute and identified only one instance of an indictment under the law: in 1803, the United States attorney in Kentucky obtained from a grand jury an indictment of a Kentucky farmer who had written an article in support of creating a separate nation in the territory west of the fledgling United States that would be an ally to France. But the prosecutor dropped the case. A recent draft scholarly paper posted online by a Federal Appeals Court law clerk identified a second apparent such indictment, involving the reported arrest in 1852 of a man who wrote a letter to the president of Mexico.”
However, the New York Times supposed that the Logan act should have been casted against Michael Flynn.
The former president must stop interfering in things he isn’t supposed to and esteem the tradition of past Presidents by vanishing from the public for some time.
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H/T: The Federal List Papers