Democratic senators have asked two government watchdogs to investigate the finances of Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, after his business ties to Vladimir Putin’s family were detailed in the Paradise Papers. “Given this important role, secretary Ross’s actions have the potential to affect his offshore investments when those entities have commercial partners with ties to foreign governments,” they wrote. Separately with four other senators, Blumenthal and Booker formally asked the commerce department’s inspector general to open an inquiry into Ross’s “compliance with ethics requirements” since joining Donald Trump’s cabinet. “Recent news reports about documents known as the ‘Paradise Papers’ reveal Secretary Ross’s extensive, complicated holdings in offshore accounts that lead us to conclude these responses are severely insufficient,” the senators said. Booker sent a letter to Ross in February asking series of questions about his business ties to Russia.
Source: The Guardian November 14, 2017 17:15 UTC