WASHINGTON – Sen.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking additional information about former
Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent financial disclosures. Kerry now serves
as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Those financial disclosures show
millions in income from major corporate financial institutions and energy
that ethics officials required Kerry to divest millions of
dollars in assets and pledge not to work on certain issues to avoid conflicts of
interest with former clients or employers. However it remains unclear what
those issues are, and whether Kerry received any waivers.
letter this week, Grassley is calling on the State Department to provide
documents detailing its assessments of actual or potential conflicts, any
recusals and any exemptions or waivers relating to those conflicts of interest.
May 3, 2021
Honorable Antony Blinken
on recent reports, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, filed
his financial disclosure forms and they show that he has divested certain
assets as a condition of his employment at the State Department.
In addition, reports indicate that Mr. Kerry has signed an ethics pledge
barring him from participating in specific policy matters that would create a
conflict with his former clients and employers. However, it’s unclear
exactly what matters Mr. Kerry has been barred from working on and whether he
has received any waivers for specific matters that he would otherwise be
operation of good government requires faithful adherence to ethical
rules. In order to better determine which matters Mr. Kerry has a
potential or actual conflict with and which matters he has been recused from,
and to determine the steps the Department has taken to prevent potential or
actual conflicts, please provide the following no later than May 17, 2021:
- All records, including memoranda, emails and other
similar documents, relating to all evaluations of potential, apparent
and/or actual conflicts of interest;
- All matters that Mr. Kerry is recused from; and
- All exemptions or waivers issued to Mr. Kerry
concerning potential, apparent and/or actual conflicts of interest.
you for your attention to this important matter. Should you have any questions,
please contact Josh Flynn-Brown of my Judiciary Committee staff at
on the Judiciary
Lachlan Markay, John
Kerry discloses millions in income from finance, energy firms,