Trump’s Sec. Of Commerce Concealed Ties To Russian Gov, Leaked Documents Reveal
It appears that everyone in the Trump administration has a problem with telling the truth. Leaked documents have revealed that Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump appointee to Commerce Secretary, has been doing business with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law through a shipping venture based out of Russia, The Guardian reported Sunday.
The report comes just two days after the revelation that Attorney General Jeff sessions lied during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian operatives, potentially committing perjury.
According to the documents, Ross has a substantial holding in the shipping company, Navigator, through a maze of offshore investments. The report states that Navigator works in conjunction with Sibur, a Russian gas company partly-owned by Kirill Shamalov, husband of Putin’s daughter Katerina.
According to the report, Ross still owns the investment almost a year after being tapped to head up the Commerce Department.
During his vetting process, Ross told investigators that he was keeping a pair of obscurely named holding companies — without specifying them — and no further investigation was ordered.
Under 18 U.S. Code § 1001, “it is a federal offense to knowingly and willfully make any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation; or make or use any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement.”
A person convicted of this violation can be fined and sentenced to federal prison for up to five years. If, however, the lie involved a foreign government, the sentenced can be to up to 8 years in federal prison.