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Another investigation looming after Trump was exposed “selling laws” during Florida meeting


Florida – Former President Donald Trump has promised top executives from oil and gas conglomerates a major rollback of President Joe Biden’s climate protections if they fund his presidential campaign with $1 billion. During an exclusive gathering at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida with some of the most influential figures in the U.S. oil industry, Trump outlined his intention to dismantle numerous environmental rules established by the Biden administration.

Allegations of a Quid Pro Quo Deal

Trump’s offer to the oil magnates was clear: contribute $1 billion to his campaign, and in return, enjoy the absence of what he deems burdensome taxes and regulations. “Giving $1 billion would be a ‘deal,’” Trump argued, citing the significant financial benefits the industry would reap under his administration. This alleged deal has sparked significant controversy and potential legal scrutiny.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, has raised the possibility of a new investigation into Trump’s reported promises. Whitehouse, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, views this as an extension of his ongoing efforts to scrutinize Big Oil. He told The New Republic, “This is practically an invitation to ask more questions,” calling it a “natural extension of the investigation already underway.”

Ongoing Investigations into Big Oil

For years, the Senate Budget Committee and the House Oversight and Accountability Committee have been investigating the oil industry. Their findings, revealed last week, suggest that while the industry publicly supports climate regulations and goals, it privately expresses skepticism. Big Oil has denied misleading the public about its role in the climate crisis, with spokespeople for major companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell maintaining that they are committed to a greener future.

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Whitehouse said that upon reading The Washington Post’s story on Trump’s alleged proposed deal, he instantly thought “quid pro quo.” He pointed to a Politico article reporting that Big Oil is preparing executive orders for Trump to sign if he wins the 2024 presidential election. These orders would focus on promoting natural gas exports, lowering drilling costs, and increasing offshore oil leases. “Put those things together and it starts to look mighty damn corrupt,” Whitehouse remarked.

Trump’s Promises and Campaign Rhetoric

Trump has been vocal about his plans if he were to win the presidency again. During a town hall event hosted by Fox News host Sean Hannity in December, Hannity pressed Trump to pledge that he would never “abuse power as retribution against anybody,” as had been suggested previously. Trump responded that he would only behave in such a way on the first day of his hypothetical second term. “Except for day one,” Trump said. “No, no, no, other than day one. We’re closing the border and we’re drilling, drilling, drilling. After that, I’m not a dictator.”

Trump later said that these comments were made in a “joking manner” and added, “I’m not going to have time for retribution.” However, according to The Washington Post, Trump promised oil executives to end Biden’s halt on permits for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. “You’ll get it on the first day,” Trump reportedly said, according to one dinner attendee.

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Biden’s Environmental Regulations

On his first day in office in 2021, President Biden reinstated or strengthened over 100 environmental regulations that Trump had weakened or removed during his tenure. With only six months left until the election, which will likely be a rematch between Trump and Biden, the Biden administration has been working to roll out 10 new environmental rules, including increasing the cost for Big Oil to drill on public lands.

Potential Implications of the Investigation

Whitehouse’s proposed investigation could have significant implications for both Trump’s campaign and the oil industry. If the allegations are proven, it could lead to legal challenges and further scrutiny of the relationship between political figures and major industries. The investigation could also impact public perception of Trump’s candidacy, particularly regarding his environmental policies and the ethics of his campaign financing strategies.

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As the debate over Trump’s alleged promises and Whitehouse’s potential investigation continues, the focus remains on the broader implications for U.S. politics and environmental policy. The unfolding events underscore the contentious and often polarized nature of U.S. political discourse, particularly concerning the intersection of industry influence and political decision-making.

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