Fox News reports that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are now investigating John Kerry.
Kerry is President Joe Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC).
The investigation, in part, has to do with clandestine climate negotiations that Kerry has held with China.
The investigation is being led by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
If you have never heard of the SPEC position before, it is because Biden, after taking office, created it just for Kerry.
Kerry’s office, the SPEC office, is located within the U.S. Department of State. It is said to have about 45 people working there and to have an annual budget of around $14 million.
Unlike many other high-level positions, Kerry did not need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Nonetheless, Kerry’s position makes him a member of both Biden’s cabinet and the National Security Council (NSC). In this capacity, Kerry has been participating in high-level events around the world on behalf of the United States.
Yet, there has been a conspicuous lack of transparency about exactly what Kerry and the SPEC office are up to. Congress has not been able to conduct oversight of Kerry and the SPEC office.
That’s what Comer and House Republicans are trying to get to the bottom of.
“You have failed to respond . . .”
Comer and the Republicans on the oversight committee, in fact, have been looking into Kerry for some time. Back when they were still in the minority, they had sent documents and information requests to Kerry. But, Kerry, thus far, has ignored them.
On Thursday, Comer renewed these requests in a letter that he sent to Kerry. That letter indicated that the Oversight Committee has commenced an investigation into Kerry, regarding Kerry’s role in the Biden administration, generally, and, particularly, Kerry’s involvement in high-level climate negotiations with China.
“To date, you have failed to respond to any of our requests,” Comer writes, adding, “yet, you continue to engage in activities that could undermine our economic health, skirt congressional authority, and threaten foreign policy under the guise of climate advocacy.”
Comer goes on to write, “As a member of the President’s cabinet, you should be representing the United States’ interests. Your statements, however, consistently show disregard for American national security and taxpayer dollars.”
Kerry has yet to respond or release a statement in response to Comer’s letter.