This story just keeps getting worse.
After it was revealed that Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft was being charged in part of an investigation into a prostitution and sex-trafficking ring being run out of a chain of Florida massage parlors, the news soon followed that the spa’s founder, Li Yang, who goes by Cindy Yang, spent the Super Bowl partying with Donald Trump and has donated thousands of dollars to Trump PACs.
That money, over $40,000 dollars according to the Miami Herald, was clearly meant to buy Yang access to Trump and his inner circle where she was able to get photos with not just Trump but members of his family and other high-profile associates.
Now, according to reporting by Mother Jones it’s been revealed that Yang was also selling that access to Chinese executives who, with Yang’s help, in some cases flew around the world just to attend events at Mar-a-Lago and be photographed with the president and his cronies.
According to Mother Jones, Yang and her husband, Zubin Gong, set up the company, GY US Investments, in 2017, which interestingly is around the time Yang started contributing thousands to Trump’s political action committees.
It’s almost shockingly transparent what’s going on.
On a page displaying a photo of Mar-a-Lago, Yang’s company says its “activities for clients” have included providing them “the opportunity to interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures.” The company boasts it has “arranged taking photos with the President” and suggests it can set up a “White House and Capitol Hill Dinner.” (The same day the Herald story about Yang broke, the website stopped functioning.)
It’s pretty damning stuff and it appears that in addition to the extremely dark human trafficking aspect to the story – the women at illicit sex spas like those founded by Yang are essentially sex slaves – there is clear influence-peddling going on at Trump’s southern White House, Mar-a-Lago.
So are you a foreign national who wants to buy influence and hobnob with the President of the United States?
Just pay up and come down!
Yang’s company is promoting an upcoming event at Mar-a-Lago featuring Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau. The co. bills it as “a once-in-a-lifetime publicity opportunity” where "Chinese elites" will have the chance to mingle with Trump Grau and members of Congress pic.twitter.com/5iCxZXqkVA— Daniel Schulman (@DanielSchulman) March 9, 2019
Cindy Yang is selling access to Trump at Mar-A-Lago to Chinese executives. She's the owner of the "day spa" prostitution ring where Robert Kraft was busted a couple weeks ago. She's a big GOP donor. Now she's influence-peddling. @realDonaldTrump SHAME https://t.co/iXlL3GezCz— Jesse Elin Browne (@effiedog) March 9, 2019
Executives like Tang have every reason to believe that spending big money to attend events at Mar-a-Lago—money that is flowing into the president's pockets—could improve their business prospects.— Daniel Schulman (@DanielSchulman) March 9, 2019
Who could have foreseen Robert Kraft getting busted for solicitation would be a portal into an entirely different black hole of corruption that circles back to Trump?— Alecto AKA Sil Lai Abrams (@Sil_Lai) March 9, 2019
This is not good and goes to the heart of a longstanding problem: Trump has been selling access to presidency via Mar-a-Lago membership. That created an opportunity for Mar-a-Lago members to become sub-contractors of access. https://t.co/fB1N0cGk3P— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) March 9, 2019
Access to government is for sale under the corrupt Trump administration.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) March 9, 2019
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Guess who else has 100% known about this from the beginning? Chinese intelligence services. https://t.co/mlHftkVQuo— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) March 9, 2019
It just… it just gets worse and worse...— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) March 9, 2019
The f*king corruption, there literally is no end. It's sickening. And the GOP will stand by this too, bc they are equally sick— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) March 9, 2019
h/t: Mother Jones