A U.S. senator is calling out climate czar John Kerry for refusing the Herald’s public records request for details about his staff.
“What? … That should be public. My salary is online. The Secretary of State’s is online and the president is too,” U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, said on the “Howie Carr Show” Thursday.
Senators earn $174,000 a year, according to a list of pay that dates back to the $6 earned in 1789. Secretary of State Antony Blinken earns $221,400; President Biden’s base pay is $400,000.
Sullivan slammed Kerry for informing the Herald to expect the paper’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to be delivered by Oct. 1, 2024.
Kerry, meanwhile, is trying to insert global warming into the invasion of Ukraine — backed by a staff that remains hidden from public view.
“It’s almost getting embarrassing to try to bring a moral equivalent of his job right now to the carnage and brutality and horrendous suffering happening in Ukraine,” Sullivan, a former Marine, added. “I think people cringe when they hear this and it just shows how out of touch” Kerry is.
Sullivan said he’s called for Kerry’s resignation before.
As the Herald reported Thursday, Kerry is slamming Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how it exposes the world’s “volatile” energy markets.
He also informed the Herald that despite this climate crisis, access to his staff lineup tasked with addressing global warming does not demonstrate a “compelling need.”
The State Department FOIA office — which also covers the climate office — said the Herald’s request “does not demonstrate a ‘compelling need’ for the requested information. Therefore, this Office denies your request for expedited processing.”
So Kerry’s team, and the pay and titles, remain hidden from the public.
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