In March of this year, a petition was sent to the White House signed by over 320,000 people in protest of the Republicans who sent a letter to the Iranian government in order to undermine official negotiations over nuclear disarmament. The petition stated:
On March 9th, 2015, forty-seven United States Senators committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
At a time when the United States government is attempting to reach a potential nuclear agreement with the Iranian government, 47 Senators saw fit to instead issue a condescending letter to the Iranian government stating that any agreement brokered by our President would not be upheld once the president leaves office.
This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.
Nothing came of the petition other than a very, very irate Obama who said he felt "embarrassed for them," and accused them of engaging in "almost unprecedented" sabotage. Fast forward to July and the Obama administration finally got its deal with Iran, despite continuous efforts from Republicans to destroy the negotiations and humiliate the President. Here was Marco Rubio's reaction to the deal that, as Tommy Christopher reports, includes "a 98% reduction in Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile, the removal of two-thirds of Iran’s centrifuges and accompanying infrastructure, 24/7 monitoring of those components, and permanent IAEA inspections.":
It may not have occurred to Rubio that the President does not need congressional support to make a deal with Iran, so his very public tweets are not only factually inaccurate, but outright treasonous. Rubio is running for President in 2016 and is signaling to the Iranians that any deal made by Obama does not count in his eyes. Right now, Rubio does not speak for the United States government when it comes to dealing with foreign nations, yet he is publicly speaking on behalf of it. As the petition to the White House stated, this type of behavior is in direct violation of the Logan Act, and Rubio could hypothetically face prison for his actions.
Of course this won't happen because Republican petulance and treasonous behavior has now become the political norm in America. From the debt ceiling terrorism to this, there is literally no lengths to which Republicans won't go in order to undermine Obama, even if it is clearly against the law.