This Week: What Could Go Wrong When A Private Club Means Presidential Access?
What started as the prostitution-related arrest of billionaire Patriots owner and Trump friend Robert Kraft quickly became a fascinating look inside ground zero of President Donald Trump’s graft machine: Mar-a-Lago. Florida businesswoman Li “Cindy” Yang founded the massage parlor where Kraft allegedly solicited prostitution. But as TPM has detailed, she also advertised access to Trump and an investment-for-visa scam aimed at Chinese nationals seeking legal entry to the United States. Yang’s activities illustrate exactly why Trump’s refusal to divest from his business at the start of his presidency posed such a clear conflict of interest. She attended (costly) events at Trump’s private resort in order to snap pictures with influential Republicans like Trump and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). She then tried to leverage that appearance of access to pad her own pockets. The same investment has paid off over and over for those willing to pay the President. Others, like Jared Kushner’s own sister, have employed this exact scheme. Nicole Meyer…
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