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Booker Presses Trump Nominee Wilbur Ross to Explain Russian Banking Ties

February 24, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) urged President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to answer questions that have come to light since his confirmation hearing regarding his banking ties to Russia. In a letter to Mr. Ross, Booker requested answers to 11 questions pertaining to Ross’s businesses dealings with Russian shareholders during his time as Vice Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus’s Board of Directors.

Booker wrote, “The Senate has a constitutional duty to give the president our advice and consent on his nominations to the Cabinet. Consistent with that constitutional duty, and prior to your confirmation, the United States Senate and the American public deserve to know the full extent of your connections with Russia and your knowledge of any ties between the Trump Administration, Trump Campaign, or Trump Organization and the Bank of Cyprus. Americans must have confidence that high-level officials in the United States government are not influenced by, or beholden to, any foreign power.”

Booker is a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

The full text of the letter can be viewed here.