Eric Cantor.....The Felon?Submitted by wauhoo on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 14:31
Fat chance that anything will be done about it, but:
"Cantor is a Congressional Representative from the Richmond Virginia who is presently competing for the position of GOP House Majority Leader. He styles himself as one of the party’s "young guns." So what is it that Congressman Cantor has done that may well contribute to the a heightened level of American antisemitism? On Wednesday, November 10th Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Washington DC for a meeting with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. But Cantor got to Netanyahu first and, according to the Congressman’s boastful press release, he "stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the [Obama] Administration ....He [Cantor] made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other."
How do we translate this? Essentially what Cantor did was tell the leader of a foreign country that he will protect that country from the official policies of the President of the United States–the person charged by the Constitution to carry out the nation’s foreign policy. Actually, the Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, have been supplying just this sort of protection for a very long time. But they have always done so surreptitiously. What is different with Cantor is that he has done this quite publically, letting us all know about it in a notice on his official stationary.
What Eric Cantor did on November 10th was illegal. He broke the law. The Law he boasted about violating is known as the Logan Act. This act makes it a felony for an American citizen "without authority of the United States" to interact "with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof" with the intent to influence that government’s behavior on any disputes with the United States. There are obviously disputes between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. And here comes Eric Cantor to tell the Israeli Prime Minister that he and the Republican Party will use the power of the House of Representatives to protect Israel from U.S. government policy. If that is not a communication made in such a way as to influence the behavior of a foreign power, nothing is! In addition, Cantor cannot claim ignorance of the law, for there can be no doubt that he is aware of the Logan Act. We know this to be true because he tried to use it against Nancy Pelosi in 2007 after she met briefly with President Assad of Syria. Pelosi, of course, met with the Syrian government with the full knowledge and approval of the State Department. Cantor, on the other, had no official sanction whatsoever."
The whole disturbing story: