Who did John Kerry hire (paid for by taxpayer money) to work in the ‘Office of Presidential Climate Envoy’?
Joe Biden’s ‘Special Presidential Climate Envoy’ John Kerry has been operating in secret for the past year-and-a-half.
Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) filed a FOIA lawsuit in an effort to obtain emails between John Kerry’s office and various climate change groups.
The emails turned over to PPT from John Kerry’s office were heavily redacted.
Not one staffer’s name was revealed.
What is John Kerry hiding?
Fox News obtained the documents from PPT.
“It hardly seems in the public interest, in fact it appears the antithesis of serving the public interest, to hide the names of government officials who are communicating with controversial outside activist organizations that are attempting to influence government policy,” PPT director Michael Chamberlain told Fox News Digital.
Fox News reported:
The office of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry redacted each of the names and emails of their staffers in emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Fox News Digital obtained the documents from government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), which revealed the correspondence between Kerry’s office and several recipients, including nearly 20 climate change groups.
PPT was only able to obtain the documents after suing Kerry’s office over unfulfilled FOIA requests. However, the emails have every staffer’s name and email redacted.
“The State Department’s attempts to keep from the public the names of every one of their employees involved in these communications stands in stark contrast to the attorney general’s declaration that ‘transparency in government operations is a priority of this administration,’” Chamberlain continued.
“State’s attempts to conceal the identities of the officials participating in these conversations was so excessive they first attempted to conceal the name of the person whose documents we requested in the first place,” he added.
According to the documents, the redactions were made under the FOIA exemption (b)(6) for “personal privacy information.”
It is unclear why Kerry’s office is redacting the names and emails of the federal employees he oversees, who are all paid with taxpayer dollars.
The FOIA redactions only raise more questions than answers and could hint at controversial hires in the office — a pre-eminent feature across the Biden administration.
The most ‘transparent’ administration in US history (besides Barry Obama’s).