House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Monday requested Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao hand over documents related to Chao's business and investment holdings, after reports suggested she held onto investments she was supposed to divest, and that her family's shipping company used her ties to President Trump to its benefit. Cummings noted that Chao allegedly "used her connections and celebrity status in China to boost the profile" of her family's shipping business, Foremost Group. Chao's DOT has reduced funding for U.S.-flagged ships, Cummings says, which could benefit her family's China-flagged company. The investigation also comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) prepares to ramp up attacks on Chao's husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
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