House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Subcommittee Chairman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) regarding their recent decision to forgo joining the Republicans’ request for the full unedited video from Greenpeace Unearthed of an interview that occurred with Exxon employee, Keith McCoy. The Republican leaders are concerned the decision shows a lack of interest in a full and fair investigation.
“We are writing to you regarding your recent decision not to join our request for information from Greenpeace Unearthed,” wrote the lawmakers. “Your decision to not request a complete record of an edited video that served as the impetus of the Committee’s current efforts raises concerns about the Committee’s interest in a full and fair investigation. Your rejection of this request for information raises questions about the motivation and legitimacy of your inquiries into these matters; what possible reason could there be for Committee Democrats to actively avoid seeking a complete account of a matter they are, with great fanfare, investigating?”
On August 12, 2021, the Republican lawmakers requested information regarding deceptive videos Greenpeace Unearthed produced. The videos appear substantially edited and fail to provide proper context and a true record of the conversation that occurred with the Exxon employee.
“We urge you to reconsider your decision . . . It is our sincere hope that you will work with us to gather this important information so that Members can understand the full context of the basis of your investigation,” concluded the lawmakers.