• Watchdog urged to open inquiry into ‘compliance with ethics requirements’
  • Papers show Wilbur Ross has investments in firm linked to Putin’s son-in-law

Democratic senators have asked two government watchdogs to investigate the finances of Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, after his business ties to Vladimir Putin’s family were detailed in the Paradise Papers.

Led by senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Cory Booker of New Jersey, the Democrats formally requested separate inquiries by the government accountability office (GAO) and the commerce department’s inspector general.

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