Mitch McConnell’s Wife Busted In Major Corruption Scandal — Congress Now Involved: Report
President Donald Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao —the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell— is facing potential criminal charges after the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday launched an investigation into whether she is using her office to benefit herself and her family.
“The Committee is examining your misstatements of fact, your actions that may have benefitted the company in which you continued to hold shares, and your compliance with ethics and financial disclosure requirements,” Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), chairman of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, wrote in a letter to Chao requesting documents.
Chao’s company has received hundreds of millions of dollars in loan commitments from a bank run by the Chinese government. Reports of Chao making joint public appearances and planning to travel to China to meet with government officials with her father since becoming Transportation secretary led lawmakers to investigate whether she has been using her position to further her family’s business.
She is also facing scrutiny after a $78 million scandal involving her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Oversight and Reform Committee requested that Chao provide by Sept. 30 all internal government communications about Foremost Group and Vulcan Materials Company; her canceled October 2017 trip to China and an official trip to China in April 2018; her annual public financial disclosure reports; and whether she has used a personal email address to communicate with her family or Foremost Group employees about official Transportation Department business.
“Federal regulations prohibit federal employees from using their public offices for ‘the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity,” Rep. Elijah Cummings said.
In October 2017, the Transportation Department canceled a planned trip to China after questions were raised about including Chao’s family members in meetings with government officials.
“Federal regulations prohibit federal employees from using their public offices for ‘the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity,” Cummings and Krishnamoorthi wrote.
Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was among the first Trump administration Cabinet secretaries to be confirmed in January 2017.