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Stop funding for Kerry's climate office over alleged intel-sharing with Iran, GOP senators say

Added 05-10-21 04:22:02pm EST - “Four Republican senators on Monday called for a freeze on funding for State Department official John Kerry's new climate-change initiative until the former secretary of state answers questions about his alleged intelligence-sharing…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Stop funding for Kerry’s climate office over alleged intel-sharing with Iran, GOP senators say”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Four Republican senators on Monday called for a freeze on funding for State Department official John Kerry‘s new climate-change initiative until the former secretary of state answers questions about his alleged intelligence-sharing with Iran.

In a letter to Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the GOP lawmakers said Mr. Menendez should hold up $2.5 million in taxpayer money to establish Mr. Kerry‘s “office of the special presidential envoy for climate” inside the State Department.

The money should be frozen, they said, until Mr. Kerry provides a detailed accounting of his interactions with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said in a recent leaked audiotape that Mr. Kerry shared with him secret information about Israeli military activity.

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“Several Republican senators have called for an investigation into the veracity and context of the allegations against Kerry, and for his resignation or firing if the allegations are confirmed. However, Congress has limited leverage to ensure that these legitimate requests are addressed by the Biden administration,” wrote Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Marco Rubio of Florida and Todd Young of Indiana, all members of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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