Chinese trespasser at Mar-a-Lago was going to Cindy Yang event

Chinese trespasser at Mar-a-Lago was going to Cindy Yang event

Federal investigators have opened a counterintelligence investigation into possible spying by the Chinese government following the arrest of a 32-year old woman at the Trump Organization's Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida last week, according to the Miami Herald.

But Trump said on Wednesday he's not concerned at all about security at his Florida residence. Likewise, the White House has denied Trump knows Yang at all.

Yang's massage parlor business attracted global attention - and legal scrutiny - after its connections to prostitution and extremely wealthy American business owners were exposed last month, along with Yang's political fundraising on behalf of Trump's election campaigns. She buttressed these claims with photos of her and the U.S. president at a party on her website.

Top congressional Democrats have called for a new FBI investigation into a Florida woman's apparent ties to Trump, focusing on whether Cindy Yang illegally sought to leverage her relationship with the President by selling access to Chinese clients.

"We'll see what happened, where she's (Zhang) from, who she is, but the result is they were able to get her and she's now suffering the consequences of whatever it is she had in mind", he said. However, AP reported that the United Nations database has no documentation of the group.

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Federal officials believe that Zhang is from China, although she was carrying passports that said "Republic of China" - the official name for Taiwan, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Secret Service.

Secret Service agents screen Mar-a-Lago visitors for prohibited items, but it's up to the club to decide who can enter the property, the agency said in a statement after the breach.

A preliminary forensic examination of a thumb drive among Zhang's belongings showed that it contained malware, the court document said. According to the Times, she has "promoted events at Mar-a-Lago with ads targeting Chinese business executives hoping to gain access to Trump and his family". It is unclear if that was a reference to Charles Lee, an event promoter who sometimes sold tickets to Mar-a-Lago events. First, it focuses on Yujing Zhang, who was revealed on Tuesday to be the subject of federal charges for lying to the Secret Service and entering the club without permission.

Though there were no reported security shortcomings mentioned in the GAO's report, which outlined the specific procedures officials use to vet guests, the Democrats said the White House's unwillingness to cooperate was cause for concern in light of recent security breaches. Her activities "could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes", they wrote in their letter to Wray, director of national intelligence Daniel Coats and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles.