Rick Scott: Kerry Must Resign if Iran Allegations Are True Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks to reporters following Senate Republican Policy luncheons at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on April 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
By Jeffrey Rodack | Tuesday, 27 April 2021 03:09 PM
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate czar, must resign if accusations are true that he informed Iran about Israeli military operations while serving as Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama.
And he called for Biden to ban Kerry from briefings on national security.
In a Monday tweet, Scott said: "The allegations involving @JohnKerry are deeply disturbing. If true, he must resign."
And in a prepared statement, he added: "I have been clear that Iran cannot be trusted. We cannot forget that Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. However, these allegations involving John Kerry are deeply disturbing and must be explained immediately. Until we have clarity and know the truth, President Biden must remove John Kerry from all access to and briefings on national security intelligence.
"If these allegations are true, he must resign. Above all, this clearly shows why the United States cannot for a second entertain re-entering the failed Iran Nuclear Deal. We must stand by our great ally, Israel, and maintain harsh sanctions against the Iranian government."
The outcry over Kerry comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javid Zarif claimed in a leaked audiotape that while Kerry was secretary of state, he revealed that Israel had conducted more than 200 operations against Iranian targets.
Kerry has also reportedly met with Zarif as a private citizen after leaving office, which is raising concern about what he may have told him and other Iranian officials.
In a statement Monday, Kerry called the allegations being made about him "unequivocally false."
"I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false," Kerry said while retweeting posts by Washington Post reporter John Hudson concerning the conservative backlash over the reports from Iran. "This never happened, either when I was Secretary of State or since."
Calls are growing for 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 very high levels, that had information, whether as a senator or as Secretary of State and knew what was happening on the diplomatic and military front, to give that information to someone who is an adversary is something of tremendous concern to me."
The Kerry controversy has surfaced while the Biden administration is in negotiations to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Donald Trump, as president, had pulled the United States out of the deal.
Scott had earlier blasted Biden over plans to ease sanctions against Iran.