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Wed Jan 11, 2017, 07:10 PM

Rex Tillerson denies knowledge of Exxon lobbying against Russia sanctions

Source: The Guardian

Rex Tillerson denies knowledge of Exxon lobbying against Russia sanctions

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David Smith in Chicago and Lauren Gambino in Washington
Wednesday 11 January 2017 19.20 GMT

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, denied knowledge of any lobbying efforts against US economic sanctions by ExxonMobil, the company he ran for a decade, during his congressional confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

But Democrats on the committee produced lobbying disclosure records that show the oil and gas company lobbied on various legislation relating to economic sanctions, including measures imposed on Iran in 2010 and on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

“I have never lobbied against sanctions,” Tillerson told the Senate foreign relations committee. “To my knowledge, Exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions.”

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, interjected: “I think you called me at the time” when the Russia sanctions were being debated.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/11/rex-tillerson-confirmation-hearing-trump-russia

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