John Kerry and Joe Biden might go way back, but there is definitely something VERY BIG that John Kerry has to answer for. The GOP continues to demand answers from the Biden-Harris regime on just what Kerry’s actual role really was. Indeed, Biden has him listed as the “United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate”, a position that was completely invented by President Biden on one of his good days. Kerry gets a lot of disturbing responsibilities due to this position, including a seat on the National Security Council. This is why John Kerry needs to start answering some questions, and answering them now.
Congressman James Comer (R-KY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) were working in their legal capacities as Ranking Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Judiciary Committee (which, incidentally, is a real position), and they respectively wrote an official inquiry to Kerry on the 14th of June and they still haven’t received a reply from him:
The Congressmen wrote,
“We write to you today to request information about your position as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Your cabinet-level position, which includes a place on the National Security Council, appears to have an outsized role within the Biden Administration. 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. We are particularly concerned with how you, as the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, may handle an increasingly adversarial U.S. relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).”
The group continued, and they even provided the stakes:
The fact of the matter is, John Kerry has several wide-ranging security clearances, and the U.S. Congress asked for an explanation of this last May; however, there was no official White House reply. Moreover, Kerry has the ability to negotiate diplomatically with serious global adversary states such as Iran, China, and Russia, and he can do so with what appears to be ZERO Congressional oversight.
“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. To date, the White House has failed to provide any information about your security clearance, which Committee Republicans requested in May. This lack of transparency appears to be a pattern of avoiding Congressional oversight while Democrats maintain majorities in the House and Senate. The American people deserve to understand your role in the government and what authority you have to negotiate with foreign adversaries.”
Congressmen Comer and Jordan are demanding answers to the following questions under their Congressional Oversight Authority:
“To assist us in conducting oversight of these important issues, please provide the
Committee with the following information no later than June 28, 2021:
1. All documents and communications regarding the nature and scope of the role of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate;
2. A detailed explanation of the scope of the role played by the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the authorities exercised by the incumbent, and why the incumbent would sit on the National Security Council;
3. A detailed explanation of why the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate would have a need to know classified national security information and maintain a security clearance;
4. All documents and communications from January 20, 2021 to the present regarding negotiations between the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and PRC officials.”
Under Rule X of the U.S. House of Representatives: “The Committee on Oversight and Reform is the principal oversight committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and has broad authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time”. Should Kerry fail to answer the inquiry he could find himself in Contempt of Congress under 2 U.S.C.A. § 192.”
According to Cornell Law, if Kerry “willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry”, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and 12-month imprisonment.”
Here’s where it gets interesting, folks. There was a June 28th deadline, and Secretary Kerry completely ignored it. He could ultimately find himself getting perp-walked out of his place of his employment at any time that the committee might choose. However, the stalling tactics of his Democratic colleagues will probably keep him out of handcuffs. Unfortunately, this is probably going to be another issue for when the GOP takes back the majority in 2022. They know the rules apply to them. Apparently, the liberal Democrats are still yet to believe that, however….