‘I Don’t Understand’: Democrat Rep Rips Biden’s Oil Policy, Says Gas Prices Are ‘Front And Center’ Issue For Voters
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) speaks during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill on June 8, 2022 in Washington, DC
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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) criticized his Party’s leader President Joe Biden Thursday for not doing enough on oil policy as Americans continue to pay close to $5 a gallon at the pump.

Khanna made an appearance on Fox News and said he “doesn’t understand” why the Biden administration has not banned oil exports to help lower the price of gas for Americans.

“I don’t understand why we aren’t having a ban on exports,” Khanna commented, adding, “I do think we have to be doing more. People in my district – they’re talking to me about gas prices, they’re talking to me about higher food prices, they’re talking to me about the airlines getting canceled. … Those are the issues front and center.”

Khanna’s comments come after Reuters reported Tuesday that more than five million barrels of oil that President Joe Biden released from the strategic reserves were sent to European and Asian nations, including communist China.

Biden Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the U.S. oil making its way around the world, but said she was not aware of the matter and that she “would look into it,” The Daily Wire noted.

Nearly one million barrels of the oil released by Biden’s order made its way to a Chinese company connected to the president’s son, Hunter Biden, as the Daily Wire previously reported.

Chinese-owned company Sinopec, which has an American branch called Unipec, received close to one million barrels of oil from the U.S. strategic reserves in a sale with the U.S. government, The Washington Free Beacon<
pointed out on Thursday.

Sinopec has a prior history with the Bidens. In 2013, Hunter Biden co-founded the private equity firm BHR Partners. In 2015, BHR acquired a $1.7 billion stake in Sinopec Marketing. In 2017, Biden took a minority stake in BHR, purchasing a 10% stake through an LLC he solely owned called Skaneateles.

Last year, an attorney for Hunter Biden told The New York Times that Hunter “no longer holds any interest, directly or indirectly, in either BHR or Skaneateles.” As recently as March, records in China’s National Credit Information Publicity System showed that Skaneateles still retained its 10% stake in BHR. Business records in Washington, D.C., still listed Hunter as the sole owner of Skaneateles at the time.

It is not clear whether the Chinese records were accurate or needed to be updated.

Tim Pearce contributed to this report. 

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