May 03, 2021
Grassley asks Blinken to provide potential conflicts involving John Kerry
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOvernight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform Report finds federal housing agency official 'abused her authority' MORE (R-Iowa) on Monday requested additional information regarding potential conflicts of interests related to John KerryJohn KerryJuan Williams: GOP turns lies into laws OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues | Trump Interior Secretary Zinke files to run for Congress, again | Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Does Biden have an ocean policy? MORE, President BidenJoe Biden1.6 million US air passengers fly in a day for first time since last March Biden administration eyeing long-term increase in food stamps: report Conspiracy against the poor MORE's special envoy for climate, and his previous involvement in finance and energy investing after he left his last government post as secretary of State.
In a letter to current Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenBlinken: The US doesn't have 'the luxury of not dealing with China' North Korean official says Biden's comments on country are 'hostile policy' Biden administration finishes North Korea policy review MORE, Grassley wrote that it is “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 recused from,” according to Axios, which obtained a copy of the letter.
“The operation of good government requires faithful adherence to ethical rules,” Grassley added.
The request comes after Axios reported last week that Kerry disclosed millions of dollars in income and divested assets that could pose a conflict of interest between his previous personal finances and current government business, according to his financial filing.
Axios also revealed Kerry’s long history with the climate industry. Some of his former clients are involved with business in the energy and environment sector, which Kerry now has influence over as special presidential envoy for climate.
Grassley is now asking Blinken to hand over all records, including memoranda, emails and other documents, that relate to all potential conflicts of interests, in addition to all matters that Kerry has been rescued from and exemptions of waivers Kerry received.
The Hill reached out to Kerry and the State Department for comment.
Kerry disclosed receiving $125,000 in consulting fees from The Rise Fund, an investment firm that puts money into renewable energy, according to Axios.
Additionally, Axios reported that he was advisory board chairman for Climate Finance Partners, which, according to its website, “creates innovative and globally needed finance solutions that address climate change.
He also served as president of the Vietnam Sustainable Energy Corporation, according to AxiosTags Chuck Grassley John Kerry Antony Blinken Joe Biden
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Trump ‘to hold his first three rallies’ since Capitol riot as he plots potential 2024 return
The rallies will be his first major appearances since the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. He skipped President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.2Trump's upcoming rallies will be his first major appearances since the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6Credit: Getty
“The president is anxious to get back out on the trail, and we are getting a lot of offers and invitations from both candidates and political causes in different areas,” the adviser said.
The former president's team is reportedly in the process of selecting two venues from four possible locations, according to the Daily Mail.
Trump has already thrown his support behind a few candidates in the 2022 midterms, specifically Republican challengers to conservatives who did not support his election fraud claims, such as Liz Cheney.2Trump has teased the possibility of a 2024 presidential runCredit: AFP
Trump has repeatedly teased a possible 2024 presidential run, especially as he moved his political base from Mar-a-Lago to his New Jersey golf club. His aides have said it is unlikely he'll announce such a move before the 2022 midterms.
Trump's return to political events comes as Biden has received harsh criticism for his response to a Russian-based cyberattack and subsequent gasoline shortage on the east coast.
The former president has been largely absent from the political scene since he was banned from most social media platforms following the attack at the Capitol.
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Viewers can share Trump's statements to social media, although they cannot comment on them directly on the website.
His website also accepts donations to Save America, a political action committee whose funds can be used to pay for rallies and political advertisements.
The PAC brought in over $30 million after the 2020 presidential election, though most of the money was transferred from Trump's joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee.