Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates almost immediately after she was confirmed by the Senate, internal agency calendars showed.
Granholm’s meeting with Gates, who is also the co-founder of the billion-dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds worldwide climate initiatives, took place at noon on Feb. 26, 2021, about 24 hours after she was confirmed to the position, according to internal documents obtained by government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) and shared with Fox News Digital. The meeting with Gates marked Granholm’s first private meeting with a non-government official, according to her calendar.
“This is just another example showing D.C. as an insiders’ game for the wealthy and powerful, and regular people need not apply,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain told Fox News Digital.
“With all of the media interviews and getting acquainted with the employees she’ll be working with, on her first day she made sure to make time for Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world,” he continued. “And that wasn’t even the only time they met. It’s easy to see who has the real influence in Washington.”
The meeting came only after Granholm met once with the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, once with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) pool of political appointees, once with former acting Energy Secretary Dave Huizenga and participated in six media interviews. – READ MORE