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Grassley demands IG and State Dept probe into John Kerry

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Almost two weeks since the news broke that former Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly revealed sensitive information about Israeli covert operations to Iran’s foreign minister, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is asking Secretary of State Antony Blinken and acting Inspector General Diana Shaw to examine the allegations.

In a leaked recorded interview, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif reportedly claimed that Kerry told him about covert Israeli operations on Iranian targets in Syria. Kerry denies the allegations.

Yet, the Biden Administration has not commented on the situation. Grassley, along with other senators, sent a letter to President Biden early last week to ask him to investigate Kerry. That letter went unanswered.

Now, as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Grassley is asking that records regarding meetings Kerry had with Zarif be sent to the committee for review. His deadline is May 18th.

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“President Biden has the power to act and so do you,” Grassley writes in the letters.

But, when this reporter reached out to the State Department Inspector General for comment, a spokesperson said “We have no additional information to share at this time.”

The State Department echoed the empty statement. “The department respects the role of congress and does not comment on congressional correspondence,” a State Department spokesperson told SaraACarter.com

Many calls for action have gone unanswered. While some have asked that Kerry resign from his current position as presidential envoy for climate on the National Security Council, others like Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) are simply asking that Kerry’s security clearance be temporarily suspended while he is investigated. So far, nothing has changed.

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Students poisoned, women threatened to have bank accounts frozen as Iran protests continue

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Protests against the Iranian regime continue globally but the Islamic Republic is not backing down. Reports were released that Iranian students have been poisoned ahead of a scheduled protest, and there are new threats being made to women.

Foreign Desk News reports a “member of the Iranian parliament told local state media that the government plans to impose new punishments on women who do not wear a hijab in public.”

Individuals who refuse to comply reportedly will have their bank accounts frozen after two warnings. Hossein Jalali, a member of the Cultural Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, told media outlets that “unveiled persons” would be sent an SMS urging them to respect the law and wear a hijab before entering a “warning phase” and finally having their bank account frozen.

The regime official did not describe what the “warning stage” entailed. “Other key figures in the Islamic government have said that cameras could be used along with artificial intelligence to identify offenders” adds FDN.

The Foreign News Desk reports of the protests and citizens’ battle with the government:

As protests continue to flourish in Iran, the ayatollahs have relied heavily on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Basij paramilitary forces and terrorist proxies to suppress protesters. In the past few weeks, the regime has enacted several sentences against protesters, finding ways to push for consequences against protesters while doing everything to maintain Islamic governance.

Several days ago, an Iranian bank manager was fired for attending to an unveiled woman without a hijab. In response to the regime’s crackdowns, more Iranians are engaging in their daily activities in Iran without hijabs despite facing threats and harassment from regime supporters.

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