Chao allegedly used her office staff to assist in making arrangements for her father’s company, which has ties to China
The Donald Trump administration is under scrutiny for failing to investigate former transportation secretary Elaine Chao’s abuse of power.
Chao is being accused of using her office staff to assist her in making arrangements for her father’s company which has ties to China. The investigation was referred to the Justice Department, but they declined to look into it, per The New York Times on Wednesday.
“A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted,” said the Transportation Department’s deputy inspector general, Mitch Behm in regards to the 44-page report that details Chao’s alleged abuse of resources.
The former secretary and wife of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky resigned the day after the Capitol insurrection but claims it was not in regards to the allegations.
“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” wrote Chao. “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”
In 2019 the NYT reported that Chao, whose father still has connections in China, requested that her staff make business arrangements for herself, father, and sister, including a 2017 trip to the country that was later canceled.
The family owns a successful shipping company, Foremost Group. The company became so well-known Chao’s father and the founder, James Chao, was dubbed ‘Chinese Ship King.’