Secretary Wilbur Ross: Just Because I Hold Stake In A Company Run By Putin’s Family Doesn’t Make It Evil

The Guardian reports:

Wilbur Ross denied on Monday that he had done anything wrong after revelations from the Paradise Papers that he has significant investments in a shipping company that does business with Vladmir Putin’s son-in-law and his sanctioned inner circle.

“There is nothing wrong with it. The fact that it happens to be called a Russian company doesn’t mean there is any evil in it,” Ross said.

Democrats have called for an inquiry into Ross’s extensive Russian business ties. They have accused him of misleading Congress by concealing his Navigator stake and of failing to mention the firm’s lucrative haulage contract with Sibur, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Evil? Maybe not, bought and paid for maybe so.

  • Karl Dubhe

    It’s not a conflict of interest when I do it!

  • Elaygee

    Another ” I forgot to mention it” testifier under oath Cabinet member.

  • Boreal

    Man he is a hideous and dishonest little troll creature.

  • Leo

    Shit’s just starting to hit the fan with Paradise Papers. To the surprise of no one, it’s looking like Apple specifically dodged hundreds of millions in taxes with offshore havens globally.

  • Nic Peterson

    But her emails?

  • Joe in PA

    So if it isn’t “evil”, why try to conceal it? Hmmmmm?

    • Todd20036

      Well, there’s a reason I don’t tell all the details of my sex life….

      • FAEN

        HA! Keep that for the best selling memoir.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Good, cause the debauchery would make all us jaded queens blush

      • Joe in PA

        There’s a joke in there somewhere about “scaring the horses”. 🙂

  • Ben in Oakland

    Nope. But lying about it or forgetting about is illegal.

    • greenmanTN

      “Forgetting” is so easy to do.

      • Puck

        Forget what? Lol

      • Ben in Oakland

        I forget why.

      • PickyPecker

        isn’t this the signup area for the JMG Holiday Pageant choir?

        • greenmanTN

          I thought it was the testicle self-exam workshop? That’s why my pants are undone. I swear.

      • 2patricius2

        Why everyone forgets. Even the man with the best memory in history forgets. Just ask Drumpf and he will tell you he forgot all those unimportant meetings about the Russians…

    • JCF

      In case, I think it’s the cover-up AS WELL AS the crime…

  • crewman

    If there’s “no evil in it” and you saw nothing wrong with it, why didn’t you disclose it?

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  • Joe in PA

    Is the swamp drained yet?

  • Leo

    I said from day one of Ross’ tenure that he needs a starring role in the next Star Wars movie. Not a compliment.

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  • Leo
    • We want Ralph to win, yes?

      • greenmanTN

        Yes

      • Todd20036

        Is this the same Ralph who thinks there’s a leprechaun sitting on his shoulder telling him to light fires?

        • Dagoril

          He choo-choo-chooses you!

    • Tomcat

      Don’t get our hopes up just to lose on election night.

      • Leo

        I’m not. I’ve said for the last week I think Gillespie will win based on rural turn-out but I’m tired of feeling so cynical.

        • stuckinthewoods

          We’re tired too. Husband predicted last year, and that’s his call now. The 2010 census showed VA having about 8M people, a bit more than 6M are urban and a bit less than 2M rural, so I hope the rural can’t amplify their very R effect too greatly. This morning I was called by Ralph Reed and Jerry Falwell, Jr. Neither message made a specific endorsement which surprised me but both exhorted christians to vote.

          • Kruhn

            The important area to watch is Prince William and Fairfax Counties. They’re considered the bellwether of the state.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Apparently so is Chesterfield this year. It reports early and, while Chesterfield is very likely to tip R, local news said if Gillespie doesn’t take Chesterfield by more than 8K it bodes poorly for him statewide. If by more than 11K, bad for Northam.

          • Danieruw

            And yet they’re calling a JMGer?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Here’s an ad that puts the contrast into razor sharp focus…

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  • Goodboy

    “This organization’s main purpose is to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans”

    Well, he’s promoting his own economic growth so I guess that’s gotta count for something. Kidding of coarse.

  • thatotherjean

    Perhaps not “evil,” but deeply suspicious and ripe for exploitation. If it was entirely innocent, why did you not disclose it, Mr. Secretary?

    • JAKvirginia

      Because it wasn’t “evil”! Of course, that’s not what the disclosure was about. There’s no “Tell us about all the evil companies you have invested in.” question. He just decided “Imma not tellin’.”

  • MikeBx2

    All of Trump’s corrupt cronies say the same thing at first. Could you just cut to the end Wilbur and resign?

  • Dagoril

    Lock him up! Lock all of them up!

  • Darrel Cj

    This is pretty much a financial version of saying “just the tip!”

  • Paula
  • Treant

    Ah, the Duck and Suck when you’ve done wrong. Yes, Wilbur, that makes it evil.

    You have a vested interest in that company, which gives you a vested interest in Putin. You’re sworn to work for the United States which, in this climate, is in direct violation to your vested interests. Given your apparent ethics from your statement, that leads directly to evil.

    Lock. Him. Up.

  • Rex

    You’re the evil one, not the business.

  • Lazycrockett

    Every business in Russia has a direct tie to Putin. Try again you vile piece of shit.

  • Leo
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    • Kruhn

      This one is going to the wire.

    • KevInPDX

      That chickens chin “waddle” is reminiscent of Butters “balls on chin” episode! I mean it looks like a set of low hangers.

  • Dirk Prophet

    Maybe not evil, but likely illegal.

  • bkmn

    It sure doesn’t make you honest.

  • Todd20036

    Self entitled old white man claims it’s good to be self entitled.
    News at 11.

  • Gregory Peterson

    Being in league with evil suggests that you’re fine with evil…which is evil.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    It’s all a game to these people: Grand Theft Autocrats

  • Gregory Peterson

    It’s rare to have a photo of him not stroking a white Persian cat…

  • JWC

    No, Nothing at all WIlburrr. As Long as its all above board .Kosher, if you,will, and can withstand Muellers scruntiny. If not sit dfown, shut up and wait your turn, it ‘s comnng

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Dr. Evil says wut?

  • Pete Wascher

    if nothing wrong with it, why didn’t you disclose?

  • Lazycrockett
    • Lazycrockett

      But not Faux news.

    • The_Wretched

      They need cash to make up for revenue losses & to cover the harassment settlements?

    • Kruhn

      WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?! So Stan Lee was right about the Mutants returning to the MCU. There’s antitrust issues with this, though.

  • shellback

    In all my years, I have never even met a Russian, let alone be in business with one – or more. But this corrupt regime is inundated with Russian-suckers. Every day, Russia, Russia, Russia.

    • Tread

      Our Congress is inundated with Russian-suckers. Where do you think all of this money to fund the RNC is coming from?

  • boobert

    devos is expected to resign ? Good riddance !

    • Leo

      wait, WHAT

    • Tread

      She sees the writing on the wall with Mueller’s investigation and wants to get out before the shit hits the fan.

    • Leo

      If this is just the Alternet/Salon pick-up of the Politico story from 5 days ago then nevermind. I still don’t see it happening.

      • boobert

        Yea, that’s what it was. Popped up on yahoo . It was the first I heard of it.

  • Adam King
  • Ham
  • FAEN

    Anyone surprised by this? No I didn’t think anyone would be.

  • Girlgoon

    There’s a very good chance that in return for that foreign stake you laundered money or assets in this country Having business dealings with the world’s most evil man is evil of in itself

    • Kruhn

      Wasn’t Wilbur Ross was chairman of The Bank of Cyprus involved in money laundering?

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • JCF

      Babushka-ccelerated!

  • Rocco

    Yes it does.

  • colo303

    Oh I dunno, I thought the US had some sort of sanctions with Russia maybe?

  • Michael R
  • LeeCMH

    Is anyone saying stock in Russian companies is evil?

    It does present a conflict of interest when high-up government officials have financial interest in Russian companies.

    • Duck

      Not just a “financial interest”, he is (was?) on the board, with Putin’s son-in-law.

      • LeeCMH

        True.

  • The_Wretched

    Yeah but the number and frequency of ties to Russia for all things and appointees trump is a hell of a lot of smoke.

  • Miji

    Every time I see this picture I can’t help but think of how much money Peter Jackson could have saved on SGI and motion capture if he had just cast Wilbur Ross in the LOTR.

    • JCF

      But then Andy Serkis would have been out of a job.

  • johnnybc

    There’s no such thing as evil. But there are right and wrong actions.
    His non disclosure was wrong.
    Hang him out to dry. By the short hairs.

    • Tomcat

      Where did you get the info that there is no such thing as EVIL?
      Last I heard there was more EVIL in the world than anyone even knows.

    • JCF

      What causes “wrong actions” then? Random chance? Insufficient data?

      JMO, but I’m going w/ “malice aforethought” (aka, evil).

  • ultragreen

    This guy is a giant crook. It’s bad enough that he’s a co-chairman and part-owner of the Bank of Cypress, which is notorious for its money laundering activities of Russian oligarchs, and that he helped to appoint a notorious crook to run it. Now we have this revelation. How many more revelations do we need to get rid of him?

  • -M-

    It does make it a big blatant conflict of interest though. And it demonstrates that Ross can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

  • kareemachan

    But yet you didn’t feel the need to tell the truth under oath. Why is that?

  • Gregory B

    What a vile looking old man – reptilian, really.

  • Galvestonian

    Yeah … right. Why not ? Sure … if you say so. I believe anybody that Trumpizzi appointed – NOT !

  • Ninja0980

    If that’s the case, why didn’t you disclose that?

  • geoffalnutt

    He looks like the “classic” villain often pictured in old movies. He’s a liar (like Trump/Putin). Believe nothing.

  • Gerry Fisher

    He’s evil, it’s not just that he’s drawn that way

  • Cuberly Deux

    Um, it violates the sanctions laws and he neglected to disclose it prior to his confirmation.

  • WitlessProtection

    Is it just me or does he look like he took a peek at the Ark of the Covenant?

    • Gianni

      Now that you mention it, Yes.

  • RoFaWh

    It’s not that your investment is evil; it’s that failure to report it is illegal.

  • anne marie in philly

    YOU ARE COLLUDING WITH A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AGAINST YOUR COUNTRY, you fucking lying fuck! and bobdammit, you are one ugly muthafucka!

  • Mike Rasor

    Really Wilbur? Then why didn’t you disclose it? That seems to be evidence of a guilty mind.

  • Michael Hampton

    “Me looking like a melting Skelator is what makes it evil!”

  • alguien

    with absolutely no due respect, sir, go fuck yourself.

  • BobSF_94117

    I don’t care if his undisclosed holdings are with the Gay Kingdom of Unicornia. They’re UNDISCLOSED and that’s enough to toss him out on his ass.

  • Gianni

    I’m not aware of anyone suggesting the business links are ‘evil’. However, your concealment of those links from Congress, makes them suspicious.

  • RLK2

    It sure does! Corrupt piece of crap. And take Sessions down now as well.

  • JCF