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.
Led by senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Cory Booker of New Jersey, the Democrats formally requested separate inquiries by the government accountability office (GAO) and the commerce department’s inspector general.
They said recent news about Ross called into question the current system of ethics disclosures for government officials, and raised the possibility that new rules were required. “More complete information may be necessary,” they said.
The Guardian and media partners disclosed this month that Ross retained an interest in a shipping company, Navigator, after joining the Trump administration. Navigator does millions of dollars in business each year with Sibur, a Russian gas company part-owned by the son-in-law of Putin, Russia’s president.