Kerry Denies Discussing Israeli Strikes with Iran; GOP Calls for Investigation Grow

Headline Roundup April 27th, 2021

US climate czar John Kerry denies telling Iran about Israeli military operations while serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. The allegations come after The New York Times and other outlets reported leaked audio, recorded in March, that captured Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying Kerry told him Israel had attacked Iran’s interests in Syria at least 200 times.

Kerry says he never provided Zarif with information on Israeli “covert” operations in Syria; some Republicans are calling for an investigation. A State Department official noted on Monday that many of the Republicans outraged by Mr. Zarif’s remarks had said previously that Zarif's words could not be trusted.

Kerry Denies Discussing Israeli Strikes with Iran; GOP Calls for Investigation Grow

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John Kerry, a former secretary of state, said on Monday that he had never discussed covert Israeli airstrikes in Syria with Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, contrary to Mr. Zarif’s claim in a leaked conversation.

Mr. Zarif and Mr. Kerry spoke constantly when the two were negotiating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The Iranian foreign minister said in the recording, reported by The New York Times on Sunday, that Mr. Kerry had informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times.

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Calls are growing for President Joe Biden's climate czar John Kerry to be investigated and to resign over accusations that he told Iran about Israeli military operations while serving as Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama.

"This is something that deserves a Senate investigation," Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Fox News, adding that Kerry has "put our men and women in uniform at risk."

"This is something that is serious," Blackburn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said. "This is someone who has served our nation at...

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John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama’s secretary of State.

Republican blowback is running the gamut from calling for Kerry to leave his position as the top official addressing climate change to calling for an investigation and his prosecution. Biden administration officials are dismissing the allegations, saying the information Kerry allegedly shared was widely known at the time.

Sen. Dan...

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