Controversy continues to rage on Tuesday over an open-letter by Republicans to Iran that threatens to undermine nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States, Russia and China.
Organized by freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), the letter was signed by the entire party leadership in the chamber and by potential presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and suggests to Iran that Republicans can undo whatever President Obama’s administration agrees to pursuant to those negotiations:
First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them. […] Second, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then – perhaps decades.
Early Tuesday morning, The New York Daily News put photos of Senators Cotton, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on its front page along with the boldfaced headline “TRAITORS.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 10, 2015
The fallout also continues on other sites such as Bloomberg, who published an article questioning whether those 47 Senators committed treason by attempting to sabotage Iranian negotiations.
Citing the legal definition of treason pursuant the United States Code, Bloomberg concedes that although the definition is somewhat broad, actions by Republicans probably doesn’t rise to the level necessary for such a claim.
However, the controversy rages on as the daily news cycle unfolds today.