After a while, I ended up watching The Phantom Menace on TV the other night and spotted a curious issue in the third chapter of the opening crawl.
While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict....
It was Chancellor Finis Valorum who sent the two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, to negotiate with the Trade Federation to end their blockade of Naboo. But why did he have to do it in secret? The Jedi were in fact common negotiators on behalf of the Senate, at least according to Wookieepedia:
As keepers of the peace, the Jedi Order undertook diplomatic missions on behalf of the Galactic Senate, and pursued interplanetary criminals across the galaxy.
Additionally, as soon as the Consular cruiser reached Naboo, the captain of the ship revealed they were carrying negotiators on behalf of the Chancellor.
Captain Madakor: With all due respect, the ambassadors for the Supreme Chancellor wish to board immediately.
Did Valorum try to conceal this mission of his from someone specifically? Is there a background story about him sending the Jedi ambassadors to Naboo in secret?