John Kerry, as “climate czar,” is jetting around the world, possibly acting as a mini-Secretary of State for climate issues. And yet he is not a senior State Department official, but rather an unconfirmed White House advisor.
He is a former secretary of state himself who knows how to negotiate international deals. And yet he is doing it without the scrutiny a secretary of state would require.
So much for the “transparency administration” we were promised.
According to Fox News:
House Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer are demanding answers from U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry about his Biden administration role, a newly created position which gives him a seat on the National Security Council, in a letter sent Monday.
“It is of paramount importance that we conduct oversight over your position as the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and how the position will impact the interests of the United States, especially where the role appears to intersect with the U.S. response to a hostile foreign regime such as the Chinese Communist Party,” Jordan, R-Ohio, and Comer, R-Ky., wrote in the letter. “The American people deserve to understand your role in the government and what authority you have to negotiate with foreign adversaries.”
Jordan, ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Comer, ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, demanded “all documents and communications from January 20, 2021 to the present regarding negotiations” between Kerry and Chinese officials. They also demanded communications regarding the “nature and scope” of his role and an explanation of why Kerry has “a need to know classified national security information and maintain a security clearance.” They asked for the information by June 28.
“President Biden said he selected you, in part because you are ‘one of [his] closet friends,'” Jordan and Comer wrote. “It appears that in your role, you have some ability to set foreign policy and to bind the United States to international agreements, despite not being confirmed with advice and consent of the Senate.”