Watchdog Group Sues Biden Admin To Obtain John Kerry Records
(TheRedWire.com) – During the 2020 presidential campaign, then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden promised voters he would fight climate change and eliminate fossil fuels. After taking office in January 2021, he appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry (D) as the first-ever presidential envoy for climate (SPEC). Now the watchdog group Judicial Watch has sued to obtain his records.
Kerry’s post is a cabinet-level position to negotiate climate policy with foreign countries. His department is part of the State Department and has a budget of approximately $13.9 million. The president didn’t require Senate approval to fill the position, and the former secretary of state sits on the National Security Council as the special envoy.
BREAKING: Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the State Dept for details of climate envoy John Kerry’s office, including his calendars, the identities of its staff members and its cost of his travel (1/3). https://t.co/lDbdpnzgjP
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) October 28, 2022
Judicial Watch sued the State Department in the US District Court of Columbia in September. In July, the watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to acquire information about Kerry’s travel expenses, his full work calendar, and organizational data charts that reveal who works on his staff. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Fox News Digital that taxpayers have the right to know what the special climate envoy is doing and why the government is spending their money flying him around the globe.
The State Department acknowledges receipt of the July request but has reportedly failed to comply with it according to the law. The nonprofit said it exhausted every other means available to obtain the data, and the lawsuit was a last resort.
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