Dems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump
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Congressional Democrats are asking federal officials to investigate allegations that a Florida businesswoman who owned massage parlors may have tried to sell access to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE.

In a letter dated Friday, the top Democrats on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees in both chambers wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsExperts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows MORE and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles requesting that they "conduct criminal and counterintelligence investigations into credible allegations of potential human trafficking, as well as unlawful foreign lobbying, campaign finance and other activities by Ms. [Li] Yang."


The letter noted that recent news reports have raised questions about whether Yang created a business “that may be selling access to the President and members of his family to clients from China.”

The letter was signed by Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Va.), Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports Overnight Defense: Army moves to combat sexual crimes | Eight West Point cadets expelled | Democratic senators want to restrict F-35 sale to UAE MORE (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGroups see new openings for digging up dirt on Trump Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Wyden-Paul bill would close loophole allowing feds to collect private data Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE (D-N.Y.).

Yang founded the spa where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution. The businesswoman also attracted attention when the Miami Herald revealed that she had taken a photo with Trump during a Super Bowl party at his West Palm Beach country club earlier this year.

Mother Jones reported earlier this month that Yang and her husband, Zubin Gong, also founded a company called GY US Investments, whose website told potential clients about setting up opportunities to "interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures."

The same website identified her as holding a position with the Chinese Association for Science and Technology, which The Washington Post reports is linked to the Chinese Communist Party’s influence-spreading operations.

The letter from lawmakers calls for both criminal and counterintelligence investigations of Yang and requests more information on whether the agencies knew of Yang's connection to Trump before recent reports.

The letter also asks if state or federal authorities have previously investigated Yang or her business for human trafficking or prostitution, and whether any other people have used Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort to “offer foreigners access to the President, those close to him, or other senior officials in exchange for money."

The lawmakers also want to know whether the FBI, Secret Service or other intelligence agencies are able to vet foreign nationals attending events at Mar-a-Lago, more information on who attended Trump's Super Bowl party with Yang and whether she or her clients violated lobbying laws.

Updated: March 20 at 6:24 p.m.