John Kerry, the White House’s so-called “climate czar,” is facing calls for his resignation in the wake of reports claiming that he disclosed details about Israeli military strikes in Syria to Iran’s foreign minister.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had said in a leaked recording from March that Kerry “informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times.”
Reckless, wrong, and illegal?
U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said in a statement to Breitbart that if the allegations are true, Kerry — who served as secretary of state during Barack Obama’s second term — should resign “immediately.”
“As an Iraq War veteran, I saw firsthand the chaos and destruction Iran sows in the Middle East,” Reschenthaler told the outlet in his exclusive statement.
“Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, an international human rights abuser, and a hostile nation that calls for the destruction of the United States and Israel,” Reschenthaler added. “Sharing sensitive and classified information with such an enemy is not only reckless and wrong, but illegal.”
The congressman went on: “Unfortunately, this disgusting behavior of undermining Israel and U.S. national security interests abroad is far too common from blame America first liberal Democrats. If the allegations are true, John Kerry should immediately resign and face investigations from Congress and the Department of Justice.”
Republicans double down
Of course, Reschenthaler wasn’t the only one to call for accountability following reports of the allegations against Kerry. According to The Hill, Republicans including Reps. Ann Wagner (MO), Andy Barr (KY), and Lee Zeldin (NY) have called on the State Department’s acting inspector general to investigate the claims.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling on President Joe Biden to fire Kerry if the claims prove true.
“These allegations are deeply concerning,” Cruz said, according to Breitbart. “Iran’s foreign minister on tape alleged that Kerry told him that Israel carried out over 200 military strikes on Iranian forces in Syria,” he added, saying “if that is true, it is criminal.”
“It is disclosing serious, sensitive, classified information about one of America’s closest allies, the nation of Israel to a dangerous enemy of America and enemy of Israel,” the senator charged. Still, “the caveat, if it’s true, is important,” he noted.
Kerry, for his part, has denied the allegations, calling them “unequivocally false” in a tweet on Monday.
“This never happened — either when I was Secretary of State or since,” Kerry insisted.