First on Fox: Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit to obtain information and documents from the office of the President’s special climate envoy, John Kerry, that have been hidden from public view.
A Justice Watch lawsuit filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleges the group violated the Freedom of Information Act by denying the State Department access to basic information about the inner workings of Kerry’s office. A 1967 law requires the federal government to disclose information and documents upon request.
“The American people have a right to know what John Kerry is doing, what we’re paying him to fly around the world and what we’re paying him to do,” Justice Watch President Tom Fitton told reporters on Fox News Digital.
According to court filings, Judicial Watch sent a request for information to the State Department in late July. The team requested records related to Carey’s travel expenses, a complete catalog of Carey’s calendar entries, and copies of all organizational charts identifying personnel employed by the office for Carey’s office.
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While the Foreign Office is aware that it has received the request, it has not been able to confirm whether it has been able to comply, communicate any decision with Judicial Watch or provide the requested documents. Judiciary Watch said it had “exhausted administrative appeals remedies” by forcing the legal action after the agency failed to meet the Sept. 13 deadline.
The group asked the court to order the State Department to conduct its records request and share any documents found in the search.
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Shortly after taking office in January 2021, President Biden appointed Kerry as the first Presidential Envoy on Climate Change (SPEC), a cabinet-level task force responsible for engaging in climate negotiations with foreign countries. Kerry’s office is housed in the State Department. and has an approved annual budget of $13.9 million for 45 employees.
But since Kerry’s appointment, which does not require Senate approval and has given him a seat on the National Security Council, his office has had a lot to say about his staff and his work. In August, Fox News Digital’s review of online career portals identified several SPEC employees, all of whom previously worked at left-wing think tanks and organizations.
“It’s not surprising — it’s basically the same old team,” Myron Ebel, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and the Environment, told Fox News Digital at the time. “These are people who have been working on these issues for decades and succeeding.”
“This gang is the climate elite, you could call them,” Ebel said.
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Kerry’s office has issued notices of Kerry traveling abroad, but has few details about his schedule. However, it did not publish Kirin’s full calendar as other agencies did for their leadership.
Kerry’s office did not respond to a request for comment.