Following the revelation by the Washington Post about the gathering, in which Trump addressed a group of over 20 fossil fuel executives representing companies such as Chevron, Exxon, and Occidental Petroleum, the investigation was launched.

It was disclosed that Trump deemed directing $1 billion into his campaign as a “favorable deal” for the companies due to the expenses they would evade under his administration. In a possible second term, the ex-president pledged to promptly lift the Biden government’s suspension on permits for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, conduct more auctions for oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, and overturn drilling restrictions in the Alaskan Arctic, among other commitments.

Democratic members overseeing the investigation sent correspondence to the CEOs of major oil corporations, including Chevron and Exxon, as well as to liquefied natural gas entity Cheniere Energy and fossil fuel enterprises Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources, EQT Corporation, Occidental Petroleum, and Venture Global. Additionally, they sent an inquiry to the leader of the American Petroleum Institute (API), the chief lobbying group for the fossil fuel sector in the U.S.

Regarding the investigation, API spokesperson Andrea Woods mentioned, “The organization engages with policymakers and candidates from various political backgrounds on matters crucial to our industry.”