The Department of Transportation's inspector general found that former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao used her office to benefit her family, primarily her father and sister, and referred the case to the Justice Department. Chao, the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), served in the Trump administration. The report was sent to lawmakers on Tuesday, and includes more than a dozen instances of the office promoting the interests of Chao's father, who founded a shipping company in the 1960s, and her sister, who now runs the company. Investigators learned that Chao asked staffers to help promote a book written by her father, edit his Wikipedia page, and check on the status of a work permit application for a foreign student who won a scholarship from Chao's family foundation. In December, the findings were referred to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation, but the DOJ decided not to take on the case.
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