A massive leak of documents detailing the normally hidden world of offshore tax havens shows Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary has significant business links with Russian allies of Vladimir Putin.
Wilbur Ross has a stake in Navigator Holdings, which transports oil and gas for Russian energy firm, Sibur.
The company makes millions every year and two major shareholders are under US sanctions.
During his confirmation hearing in January, Ross testified he had cut all business ties that could present a conflict of interest.
A spokesperson for Ross told the BBC’s Panorama: “Secretary Ross recuses himself from any matters focused on transoceanic shipping vessels.
They added the Secretary “works closely with Commerce Department ethics officials to ensure the highest ethical standards”.