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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:12 PM

Inspector General's Report Cites Elaine Chao for Misuse of Office

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON ó The Transportation Departmentís inspector general asked the Justice Department in December to consider a criminal investigation into what it said was Elaine Chaoís misuse of her office as transportation secretary in the Trump administration to help promote her familyís shipping business, which is run by her sister and has extensive business ties with China.

In a report made public on Wednesday, the inspector general said the Justice Departmentís criminal and public integrity divisions both declined to take up the matter in the closing weeks of the Trump administration, even after the inspector general found repeated examples of Ms. Chao using her staff and her office to help benefit her family and their business operations and revealed that staff members at the agency had raised ethics concerns.

ďA formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted,Ē Mitch Behm, the departmentís deputy inspector general, said on Tuesday in a letter to House lawmakers, accompanying a 44-page report detailing the investigation and the findings of wrongdoing.

Ms. Chao, the wife of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, announced her resignation on Jan. 7, the day after the Capitol riot. At the time of her departure, an aide to Ms. Chao said her resignation was unrelated to the forthcoming release of the investigation.




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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:16 PM

1. , Chao had her staff pressure a store to do a repair job for her father. "Tell them I'm the secretar



In one instance, Chao had her staff pressure a store to do a repair job for her father. ďTell them Iím the secretary of transportation,Ē she said.


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Itís notable that the IG report showing Elaine Chao apparently violated ethics rules was not released until after she had left the Transportation Department. Also, the IG referred her case to the US attorney & Trumpís DOJ for possible criminal prosecution. Neither did so.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:16 PM

2. I hope she is just the first of many to be investigated from the previous admin

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 12:48 AM

3. her family defines corruption

their ship's are made in Taiwan, registered overseas and crewed by foreign seamen. not a lick of tax revenue for the US. a scam.

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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:41 AM

4. Chao was head of Transportation Agency

when the Boeing 737s crashes occurred. Reports of Agency's laxness reflected on the Boeing CEO's
blame for cutting corners on safety features.
Just wondering.

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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 11:36 AM

5. Chao will pay a small fine and skate.

Rich pukes are protected. Lesser people not at all. Laws are made to punish the hoi polloi not the abundantly, decadent, multitudinous, exorbitantly wealthy. (I am baiting the Cosmos to jinx her and Turtle Guy).

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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 12:17 PM

6. Lock her up!

If there is no accountability, there will be no end to corruption!

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