House Democrats are investigating Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

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House Democrats are investigating whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used her official position to benefit a family business.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee has requested all communications and documents between the department and the Chao family business, the Foremost Group, as part of its investigations into Donald Trump's administration.

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‘The committee is investigating several allegations relating to your service as secretary of transportation, including troubling questions about whether you are using your office to benefit yourself and your family,' Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote to her in a letter.

‘Federal regulations prohibit federal employees from using their public office for “the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity,”’ Cummings wrote.

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A Transportation Department spokesperson told that it's an 'attempt to undermine' Chao's 'long career of public service.'

'The Department has received a letter seeking information on a variety of topics based on publicly available information and news coverage. We look forward to responding to the Committee’s request. Media attacks targeting the Secretary’s family are stale and only attempt to undermine her long career of public service,' the spokesperson said.

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Cummings' letter cites news reports, including a June article from The New York Times, questioning Chao’s use of her position in regards to the Foremost Group, a shipping company owned by her father and sisters that is based in New York and operates a fleet that transports goods to and from China.

The oversight committee expressed concern Chao appeared alongside her father in Chinese media interviews – some with the official Department of Transportation seal visible.

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‘During some of these interviews, your father touted your influence within the United States government and boasted about his access to President Trump on Air Force One.’

Chao cancelled a 2017 trip to China after the U.S. embassy...
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