Reps. Zeldin, Barr and Wagner Lead Call for State Department IG Investigation into Kerry over Iran Bombshell | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Reps. Zeldin, Barr and Wagner Lead Call for State Department IG Investigation into Kerry over Iran Bombshell

April 28, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, three Republican House Foreign Affairs Committee Members, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Congressman Andy Barr (R, KY-6) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R, MO-2), wrote to the U.S. State Department Inspector General to demand an investigation into Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. A bombshell report and an audio recording released Monday by the New York Times indicated that Kerry, the former U.S. Secretary of State, leaked sensitive intelligence about covert Israeli military operations in Syria against Iranian interests to the Foreign Minister of Iran, Javid Zarif.

“The State Department must investigate the massively alarming allegations that John Kerry leaked information to Iran on covert Israeli military operations. If it’s proven that Kerry actively undermined one of America’s staunchest allies, he needs to resign from the Biden administration immediately and have his security clearance revoked,” said Congressman Zeldin.

“If this report is true, Secretary Kerry severely undermined the American-Israeli alliance to provide intelligence about one of our most trusted allies to the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism,” said Congressman Barr. “John Kerry and Joe Biden have proven to be pro-Iranian before by championing the failed Iran Nuclear Deal, but this type of betrayal of a staunch ally is simply unconscionable. We need the Inspector General to launch an immediate, impartial investigation to determine the validity of these claims.”

“The claims against Special Envoy Kerry are of grave concern, and the Biden Administration must conduct a full investigation into his potentially dangerous relationship with Iranian leaders,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “A leak of this nature threatens our national security and betrays our allies. The Biden Administration must take decisive action to determine whether Special Envoy Kerry should continue to serve in his current role, and whether or not allies can trust him to safeguard our shared interests.”