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Ref: This Wall Street Journal Report: Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

It is not uncommon for one ally to collect intelligence on another; but what makes the Wall Street Journal revelation unprecedented is that Israel fed this information to Congressional Republicans in an effort to alter the course of U.S. foreign policy. If intelligence gathering is considered standard operating procedure – even among allies – direct interference in the internal affairs of governments raises the stakes.

More troublesome is the fact that Congressional Republicans acted as co-conspirators to gain partisan advantage. Never before in the history of the United States has an opposition party colluded with a foreign power - in direct violation of constitutional norms and protocols. The time has come to put teeth into the Logan Act: Mutiny against the Commander-in-Chief is an act of sedition.

If ‘sedition’ is one operant word, the other is impeachment.  Unfortunately, impeachment is a political process requiring passage by vote in the House of Representatives and a trial by vote in the Senate.  Since accused criminals rarely admit to their crimes and never sit on their own juries, the prospect of 47 Senators impeaching themselves is highly unlikely.

The only other option is to weigh the evidence in the court of public opinion.  This time, I hope our news media will not let us down.

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