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TO EXCLUDE, TO EXPEL: Senator John Cornyn, R-Texasquestioned the duration of the Justice Department’s antitrust investigation into possible anticompetitive practices by the PGA Tour regarding LIV Golf in a letter to President Biden issued by Fox News Digital. obtained exclusively on Thursday.
Judicial According to The Wall Street Journal, launched its poll into potentially anti-competitive activities using the PGA Tour earlier this week.
The investigation coincides with Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which will end with a trip to Saudi Arabia.
“I am concerned about whether members of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, or any other members of your administration, are involved in the investigation that has recently been made public.” , Cornyn wrote to Biden. “I also have a question about whether your administration has any contact with Government of Saudi Arabia about the investigation, before it is opened or after. “
The senator wrote that he wanted to highlight Saudi Arabia’s influence on Americans and that the Justice Department investigation could have “an impact on both our nation’s foreign policy and transparency in the United States.” home.”
“Saudi Arabia has a history of stealth and sometimes evil conduct in its efforts to influence American public policy and freedom of expression in our country,” Cornyn said in his letter. me. “In 2016, the Saudi government used nonprofits to trick some American veterans into lobbying on its behalf against the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism Act. (PL 114 – 222). In 2018, Saudi agents murdered US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the consulate itself.
“This is an appalling act of transnational repression. Those who ordered this crime have not yet been held accountable. Despite these actions, Saudi Arabia continues to participate easily on the world stage. world, knowing that they can lobby, influence, and engage in bad behavior without consequences.”
Cornyn asked to answer 10 questions regarding the PGA Tour investigation:
- Did anyone on your board speak to anyone in the press, unrecorded or otherwise, about LIV Golf or the PGA Tour investigation before the Wall Street Journal requested comment?
- Has the government of Saudi Arabia or any of its agents approached anyone in your administration regarding LIV Golf or the PGA Tour investigation?
- Would the government of Saudi Arabia or any agency thereof encourage any member of your administration to open a PGA Tour investigation?
- Did the Saudi government or any agent of that government approach anyone in your administration regarding any potential discussion of the investigation with any member of the press prior to your trip? your July visit to Saudi Arabia?
- Has the Saudi government or any agent of that government approached anyone in your government to discuss the PGA Tour investigation during your July trip to Saudi Arabia? ?
- If so, what is the nature of any discussion?
- Were there any lobbying efforts made on behalf of the Saudi government regarding media coverage of the investigation or the investigation itself?
- If so, do these lobbying efforts comply with all the registration requirements of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)?
- How does your administration ensure FARA compliance in your conversations with any foreign government agency of Saudi Arabia on these matters?
- What is the status of the investigation?
Cornyn’s letter to Biden comes a day after Representative Chip Roy, R-Texas, urge DOJ to request LIV Golf to register as a “foreign agent” for Saudi Arabia.
LIV Golf backed by money from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia with Greg Norman as chief executive and commissioner of the rival tour.
The golfers who decided to take part in the tournament were accused of helping Saudi Arabia “cleanse up sport,” in which the government uses sport to distract from its human rights record. Among the issues raised over the past few months has been Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.
Since LIV Golf began, the PGA Tour has punished players who decided to play in an opponent’s tournament without receiving a license to compete or who had canceled those players’ memberships.