Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) confirmed Mollie Hemingway’s earlier reporting on Tuesday, Feb.18, saying that he privately met with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, without State Department knowledge or approval in Munich.

In a post on Medium, Murphy shared details of his meetings and describes his “mission” to meet with officials of Iran, which he described as “our adversary, responsible for the killing of thousands of Americans.”

Murphy also stressed that he does not conduct diplomacy on behalf of the U.S. government, but added that Congress is a co-equal branch of government that sets foreign policy.

“I cannot conduct diplomacy on behalf of the whole of the U.S. government, and I don’t pretend to be in a position to do so,” Murphy wrote. “But if Trump isn’t going to talk to Iran, then someone should.”

Murphy said he wanted to discuss Iran’s reprisals for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, aid in Yemen, and American prisoners held in Iran.

“A lack of dialogue leaves nations guessing about their enemy’s intentions, and guessing wrong can lead to catastrophic mistakes,” Murphy wrote, justify his possible undermining of U.S. foreign policy.

Asked about Murphy’s meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a news conference in Ethiopia, “If they met, I don’t know what they said. I hope they were reinforcing America’s foreign policy and not their own,” Pompeo said after noting that Zarif is the foreign minister of a country that is the world’s largest sponsor of both terror and anti-Semitism.

President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday, Feb. 19,  to accuse Murphy of violating the law.

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