House Oversight probing whether Chao improperly helped her family’s company

House Oversight probing whether Chao improperly helped her family's company

The House Oversight Committee is investigating whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used her official position to benefit her family’s shipping company. The committee sent Chao a letter today asking her for all communications since President Donald Trump‘s inauguration between DOT and her family business, the Foremost Group, as well as related documentation. “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,” write Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.). A spokesperson for Chao said she looks forward to responding to the committee, then disparaged the news reports upon which the letter is based, saying they are “stale and only attempt to undermine her long career of public service.” The letter cites several media reports outlining Chao’s ties to Foremost Group and raising questions about whether she used her office to benefit the company. In particular, the letter cites a Times story from June outlining a planned trip to China that Chao abruptly canceled amid ethics questions about the extent to which her family would be accommodated on the trip, and reporting from POLITICO detailing Chao’s […]

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