Statement of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative John Rutherford
On February 28, 2022, the Committee received a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding allegations that Representative John Rutherford may have failed to timely file Periodic Transaction Reports (PTRs) for various reportable transactions.
The Committee voted to dismiss the referral. The Committee concluded that there was not clear evidence that the errors and omissions in Representative Rutherford’s PTRs were knowing or willful and that he was generally unclear on the requirements relating to PTR filings. The Committee has worked with Representative Rutherford, and he has made diligent efforts to take appropriate remedial actions and ensure his continued compliance with applicable financial disclosure requirements.
The Committee takes the statutory financial disclosure requirements and its oversight of them very seriously. It is working to address various programmatic issues raised by the referral and will publicly address them at a later date.