House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer is probing Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry’s underground negotiations with Chinese government officials. Comer sent Kerry a letter on Thursday afternoon to inform him that the committee, under his leadership, “has opened an investigation into Kerry’s role in the Biden administration and, in particular, his high-level climate negotiations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
“To date, you have failed to respond to any of our requests,” Comer wrote to Kerry. “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.”
“The Committee requests documents and information to understand your role and provide necessary transparency over the SPEC and its activities,” he continued. “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’s position as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate hadn’t previously existed before him and was not approved the Senate. The position is housed in the State Department and has an “estimated $13.9 million annual budget with approval for 45 personnel.”
According to Fox:
Kerry’s position gives him a spot on the president’s cabinet and National Security Council. Since taking on the role, he has traveled worldwide, attending high-profile climate summits and diplomatic engagements in an effort to push a global transition from fossil fuels to green energy alternatives.
Despite the high-level role leading the Biden administration’s global climate strategy, Kerry’s office has been tight-lipped about its internal operations and staff members, sparking criticism from Republicans, including Comer, who have demanded transparency for such an important office.
Comer’s letter continued further, “We are left with an insufficient understanding of your office’s activities, spending, and staffing. To enable long overdue oversight of your office, please provide the following documents and information.”