House Republicans plan to investigate a “secret” deal Biden said the White House brokered with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production in order to lower gas prices ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), a Republican on the House Oversight Committee, sent letters requesting information about the settlement to several federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Energy and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“This committee has a duty to establish the facts of any backdoor operation by President Biden or his emissaries. The president is choosing foreign sources over domestic sources – all for political purposes,” he wrote in the letter. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“If his administration is engaging in backdoor market manipulation with adversary nations that threaten our national security in order to create more favorable electoral conditions for Democrats, the American people have a right to know,” the mission continued.
The Kentucky Republican, who is expected to chair the committee when the GOP takes over the House in the new year, said in letters sent Sunday that the president has “started a war on American-made energy” by shutting down Keystone. XL pipeline, a moratorium on oil and gas production on federal lands, and draining the nation’s strategic oil reserves.
Republicans a The New York Times reported Since October, the administration had thought it had reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia to increase oil production ahead of the president’s visit to the kingdom this summer.
But when Biden made headlines after the visit punched Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia and Russia in October urged other OPEC+ members to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day.
The decision caused gas prices, which had been falling gradually, to rise again ahead of the Nov. 8 election. .
In response, the Biden administration said it would have to “reevaluation” Relations with Riyadh and even the withdrawal of US military aid to the country were considered.
The Biden administration has been criticized for meetings with Saudi Arabia over the kingdom’s human rights abuses and for its role in the murder of a Washington Post journalist. Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
According to Comer, the Democrats currently in control of the White House and Congress have “weaponized their unchecked power, waged war on American-made energy production, and forced Green New Deal policies on the American people.”
He said Republicans will look to the administration for answers on energy policy once they take control of the House. .
“We hold the Biden administration accountable for its reckless attack on a vital industry that provides Americans with affordable energy and good-paying job opportunities,” Comer said.