EXCLUSIVE: Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Morgan Griffith, R-Va., have partnered as much as ship a letter to 4 outstanding far-left local weather teams inquiring about doable ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The 4 teams that may obtain a duplicate of the letter are the Sunrise Movement, Union of Concerned Scientists, MoveOn and Earthworks. 

In the letter, Rodgers, who serves as Energy and Commerce Committee Republican chief, and Griffith, who serves as Republican chief for Oversight and Investigations, mentioned they concern that “foreign interests” could also be influencing the group’s “advocacy activities directed toward Congress” after Earthworks, and different progressive teams, known as on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to desert an “antagonistic posture” towards China in favor of a extra cooperative relationship to fight local weather change in a July 7, 2021, letter.

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According to the letter despatched by Rodgers and Griffith, Earthworks “appears to be requesting the U.S. government not only to ignore China’s crackdown on Hong Kong and its atrocious human rights abuses, including its continued genocide of Uyghur Muslims, but also to ignore the clear threat China poses to America’s economic and national security.”

“Specifically, you wrote that ‘anti-China rhetoric’ does nothing to ‘support the well-being of everyday people’ in Chinaand you blame the United States for climate emissions, while ignoring China’s human rights abuses and dominant contribution to global greenhouse gas,” the representatives wrote, including that the letter from the progressive teams “reads more like CCP propaganda designed to blame and weaken the United States to benefit China’s national and economic security agenda.”

Rodgers and Griffith wrote that the group’s letter from over the summer season additionally labored to “reflect the CCP’s strategy to cut off criticism of China’s government and to promote the CCP’s preferred policy interests.”

“We are concerned that foreign interests may be influencing your advocacy activities directed toward Congress. In light of our jurisdiction over foreign commerce and environmental policy, we seek to understand the relationship between your work and Chinese efforts to influence U.S. policy development,” Rodgers and Griffith added within the letter, issuing a listing of questions with requested responses no later than Oct. 15.

Questions embody whether or not the teams have ties to the CCP, whether or not the CCP or any particular person group linked to the CCP requested the teams to draft, signal, or promote their letter to the administration, and if these teams ever criticized the CCP for any motion taken, together with relating to the CCP’s genocide of Uygher Muslims.

The letter requests responses to every query, detailing their choices.