Elaine Chao under investigation

Democrat politicians yesterday revealed US transportation secretary Elaine Chao is under investigation, having been accused of using her government posting to benefit Foremost Group, a shipping company owned by her father.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Elijah Cummings, wrote to Chao requesting documents and citing “troubling questions” over whether she used her office for personal gain. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

“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,” wrote Cummings and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who chairs the panel’s economic and consumer policy subcommittee.

Chao has until the end of the month to send the requested documents.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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