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Major Trump Secretary Just Caught With Ties To Russia, Mueller Closing In

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To continue this saga of learning about people serving in important government positions that we probably should have heard about before now – Sam Clovis, Kurt Kobach – everyone please make a mental note to add Wilbur Ross to the list.

Wilbur Ross is the United States Secretary of Commerce, and it has just been discovered that he is a shareholder in a company called Sibur. This shouldn’t be any major cause for alarm, except, that it is. Sibur has other shareholders with ties to the Russian government. Ross wasn’t forthcoming with this information before, which he denies, and now claims that since the company hasn’t been sanctioned by the United States, then “there’s nothing wrong with that.”

This revelation comes on the backs of a massive documents leak, deemed the Paradise Papers. The company he holds investments in is the shipping firm Navigator Holdings, which earns millions yearly from shipping gas and oil for Sibur. Major shareholders in Sibur include Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko and Leonid Mikhelson, who owns Russian natural gas company Novatek, both of whom are under United States sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov, is also a major stakeholder in Sibur, and although he is not under United States sanctions, his father Nikolai is.

Although Ross claims he has never met any of these men, the problem is that Ross didn’t tell Congress about this before being confirmed as Secretary of Commerce.

“Our committee was misled, the American people were misled by the concealment of those companies,” Senator Richard Blumenthal told NBC News, while talking about this situation.

If the United States didn’t already have an active investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, this would still be problematic, but maybe not cause for great alarm. However, in the world we’re living in right now, Ross’s non-disclosure is going to come back and bite him in the behind. Here’s hoping something even more substantial comes from this revelation for the investigation.


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