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Ex-spa owner denies selling access to Trump, says Dems targeted her

Ex-spa owner denies selling access to Trump, says Dems targeted her

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The previous operator of a Florida spa named in a prostitution investigation is talking out for the primary time to rebut studies that she offered entry to President Donald Trump.

In an interview with NBC Information, Li “Cindy” Yang stated she believes she’s dealing with allegations of being a Chinese language agent solely due to her ethnicity and political leanings.

“I am Republican and I am Chinese language,” Yang stated. “That is the explanation the Democrats need to examine me.”

Yang added that over her roughly 20 years dwelling within the U.S. she has by no means had any contact with members of the Chinese language authorities.

“I like Individuals. I like our president. I do not do something improper,” she stated.

Watch this interview tonight on “NBC Nightly Information With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or examine your native NBC station).

Yang spoke out two days after prime Democrats launched a letter calling on the FBI to launch counterintelligence and felony investigations into the Florida-based businesswoman whose ties to Trump emerged earlier this month.

Yang got here underneath scrutiny after New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft was charged in late February with soliciting a prostitute on the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter. Kraft has denied the fees.

Yang offered the enterprise years in the past however attracted consideration after she posted a selfie exhibiting her with President Trump at a Tremendous Bowl occasion on the Trump Worldwide golf resort in Florida.

The Democrats requested the FBI investigation after her firm, GY Investments, was described in media studies as providing rich Chinese language shoppers the chance to get near the president for a value.

”Though Ms. Yang’s actions could solely be these of an unscrupulous actor allegedly promoting entry to politicians for revenue, her actions additionally may allow adversary governments or their brokers entry to those similar politicians to accumulate potential materials for blackmail or different much more nefarious functions,” Democrats on the Home and Senate intelligence and judiciary committees wrote within the letter, dated March 15.

Yang stated she offered her spa enterprise roughly seven years in the past and not has something to do with the salon that is now on the heart of a human trafficking investigation.

“I offered to her in 2012 or 2013,” Yang stated. “How they do their enterprise has nothing to do with me.”

Yang insisted that no prostitution ever passed off at her services when she was nonetheless working them.

“No person in my place do this,” she stated. “We by no means have police report. We by no means have any issues. Nothing.”

The Democrats requested the FBI investigation after her firm, GY Investments, was described in media studies as providing rich Chinese language shoppers the chance to get near the president for a value.

”Though Ms. Yang’s actions could solely be these of an unscrupulous actor allegedly promoting entry to politicians for revenue, her actions additionally may allow adversary governments or their brokers entry to those similar politicians to accumulate potential materials for blackmail or different much more nefarious functions,” Democrats on the Home and Senate intelligence and judiciary committees wrote within the letter, dated March 15.

Yang stated she offered her spa enterprise roughly seven years in the past and not has something to do with the salon that is now on the heart of a human trafficking investigation.

“I offered to her in 2012 or 2013,” Yang stated. “How they do their enterprise has nothing to do with me.”

Yang insisted that no prostitution ever passed off at her services when she was nonetheless working them.

“No person in my place do this,” she stated. “We by no means have police report. We by no means have any issues. Nothing.”

Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence and NBC Information/MSNBC analyst, stated an individual like Yang, a Chinese language immigrant who loved hobnobbing with outstanding Republicans, would have virtually actually garnered the eye of Chinese language intelligence providers.

“She loved proximity to energy and she or he even began a enterprise providing to get you subsequent to highly effective individuals, politicians, even President Trump himself,” Figliuzzi stated.

“In itself that will have been the goal of the Chinese language intelligence providers, who may have fed individuals with out her even figuring out it into that pipeline of her enterprise, and bought them entry after which taken it from there with out her even figuring out what they had been doing.”

However Yang dismissed the allegations that she could possibly be an unwitting agent of the Chinese language authorities. She stated she has attended occasions at Mar-a-Lago and elsewhere to be social and to offer to charity.

“Nothing to do with politics, identical to enterprise networking,” she stated.

She stated she has donated hundreds of to Trump as a result of she helps his insurance policies, particularly his tax plan.

“Cut back the tax. That might assist us lots,” she stated.

And Yang stated she she took a selfie with Trump to advertise herself and her enterprise — not him.

“For my web site,” she stated. “…I solely see the President in occasions. They even do not know my title.”

The media consideration has turned her life the other way up, Yang stated. She stated she’s misplaced 15 kilos in latest weeks and has struggled to sleep and eat. “I am so scared,” she stated.

Yang stated she arrived within the U.S. in 1999 and has since gained her American citizenship. Requested how she selected the title Cindy, Yang provided an surprising reply.

“As a result of I like Cindy Lauper,” she stated.


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