Earlier this week it was reported that the Department of Justice had begun an investigation into the PGA Tour to determine whether or not it was engaging in “anticompetitive behavior” with Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
The DOJ investigating the PGA Tour is a major story in and of itself, but the timing of it all is worth focusing on as well.
News of the investigation broke on July 11, just two days before President Joe Biden’s trip overseas began, a trip that will include a controversial stop in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis, who are funding LIV Golf, have been on the receiving end of non-stop criticism dating back to when the breakaway circuit was simply just a rumor.
Biden’s DOJ opening an investigation into the PGA Tour the same week he’s headed to Saudi Arabia himself – where he could be asking the Saudis to help with the skyrocketing gas prices in the U.S. – is interesting timing, to say the least.
Senator John Cornyn Wants Answers From Biden
Many pointed out that the timeliness of the investigation seemed like much more than a simple coincidence. United States senator John Cornyn has questions for the President regarding the timing of the investigation and his trip to Saudi Arabia.
The Texas senator responded to the news of the investigation by sending the President a letter. In his letter, Sen. Cornyn asks President Biden specific questions about the peculiar timing of his trip as it relates to the investigation.
“On Monday, July 11, 2022, the week you traveled to Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported that your administration had sent inquiries regarding the PGA Tour’s actions as they relate to LIV Golf,” Sen. Cornyn’s letter, obtained by OutKick, reads in part.
“I am concerned about whether members of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, or any other member of your administration, was involved in the investigation recently being made public. I also have questions about whether your administration had any contact with the Saudi Arabian government about the investigation, either before it opened or afterwards.”
Senator Cornyn referenced specific instances in which Saudi Arabia has attempted to influence American life. He also reminded the President that Saudi Arabian operatives murdered U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its own consulate in 2018. Those who ordered the crime have yet to be held accountable.
Senator Cornyn has requested a total of 10 questions be answered by President Biden regarding the DOJ’s investigation into the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s potential involvement.
The majority of the questions focus on whether or not the Saudi Arabian government approached members of the press or anyone in Biden’s administration regarding LIV Golf or the investigation into the PGA Tour.
One specific question asks if the Saudi Arabian government “encouraged” any member of the administration to begin the investigation. Also, in the questions “Were any lobbying efforts made on behalf of the Saudi Government relating to either press coverage of the investigation or the investigation itself?” and “If so, were these lobbying efforts compliant with all Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) registration requirements?”