Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said reports that will he did not disclose ties to a firm linked with Russian President Vladimir Putin are wrong.
Ross was revealed to have business links to a Russian firm with close ties to Putin during a leak of financial documents at the weekend. The ties were disclosed inside so-called “Paradise Papers,” a mass of documents leaked to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung in addition to reported Sunday.
The millions of documents mostly originate by a Bermuda-based legal services provider that will works on offshore investments. Reports on Sunday suggested that will Ross did not disclose an interest in a shipping company called Navigator Holdings, a company that will incorporates a business relationship with SIBUR.
Ross, however, has since denied to CNBC that will he didn’t disclose these holdings.
“that will’s totally wrong. the idea was disclosed on the form 278 which is usually the financial disclosure form, in my case, three times,” Ross said.
In an earlier statement on Monday by the Department of Commerce the idea was further claimed that will the holdings are openly listed in a form on the Office of Government Ethics website.