In the midst of their secretive and still unofficial “impeachment inquiry” in the Democrat-controlled House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff appear to have found time to further undermine President Donald Trump by making an unannounced visit to the Middle East.
Pelosi led a nine-member congressional delegation on a visit to Jordan and then to Afghanistan, where the members met with foreign leaders and dignitaries, as well as top U.S. diplomatic and military officials, to receive briefings on what was going on in those two regions — potentially in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits unofficial foreign policy diplomacy by anyone other than those authorized by the president.
Pelosi leads delegation to Middle East
Speaker Pelosi’s office didn’t issue a statement about the delegation’s trip to Jordan until after the group had already arrived and begun to hold meetings on Oct. 19. While there, Pelosi’s gang met with Jordanian King Abdullah II and his son, as well as other senior Jordanian officials and top American diplomats in the country.
“Our bipartisan delegation is visiting Jordan at a critical time for the security and stability of the region,” Pelosi said. “With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey’s incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact to regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran and Russia.”
In other words, discussions of foreign policy that are supposed to be led by the executive branch, not the legislative.
Attempt to undermine Trump
In response to news of Pelosi’s trip, President Trump tweeted, “Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria. She should find out why Obama drew The Red Line In the Sand, & then did NOTHING, losing Syria & all respect. I did something, 58 missiles. One million died under Obama’s mistake!”
Of course, it is doubtful that any of those topics would have come up, as Pelosi and her crew would instead be looking for ways to sabotage Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. military troops from the region as Democrats are now demanding those troops stay — rather ironic, given how Congress has never actually authorized military incursions or use of force in that particular nation.
Charlie Kirk, founder and president of the conservative group Turning Point USA, tweeted, “Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff are overseas meeting with Middle Eastern leadership in Jordan. They’re actively trying to undermine President Trump’s peace plan in Syria. Not only do they want to undermine him at home — they want to do it abroad too. This is an outrage. Logan Act?”
Again, the Logan Act prohibits Americans from working at cross-purposes to the sitting administration in matters of foreign policy — which appears to be exactly what Pelosi and her comrades are doing.
Onward to Afghanistan
Following the visit to Jordan for the purposes of impeding the president, Pelosi and her delegation made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, where they did much the same thing, according to another statement from the speaker’s office.
In Afghanistan, the congressional delegation met with the Afghan president and senior Afghan and U.S. diplomatic and military officials, again ostensibly to receive briefings on what was happening in that war-torn country — no doubt with an eye toward hindering President Trump’s oft-stated goal to draw down and withdraw U.S. troops from that lengthy and, by now, perpetual and unwinnable war.
Unfortunately, though these two trips appear to be in clear contravention of the Logan Act, violations of that statute have rarely been prosecuted, and the law is unlikely to be enforced in this instance either.