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February 21, 2019 5:46 p.m.

This Week: Wilbur Ross Gets Called Out By A Trump Appointee For Faulty Financial Report

The Office of Government Ethics on Friday told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that it would not certify the secretary’s annual financial disclosure because, essentially, Ross hadn’t told the truth. After submitting the required annual filing claiming that, among other things, he’d divested from his stock in BankUnited Inc. in early 2017, Ross submitted another filing claiming that, actually, he’d only divested from the stock in October 2018. As a result, the annual filing contained an error, one that the Trump appointee running the Office of Government Ethics apparently thought was worth broadcasting publicly, though the stock in question was only worth a few thousand dollars. CNN noted how unusual the public rejection was. Whether the Secretary knowingly submitted false documents in the past is unclear — that would be a crime, and Ross has said it was a clerical error. But this is hardly his first stock slip-up and it’s difficult at this point to give him the benefit of…

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