U.S. House Panel Launches Investigation of Transportation Chief Chao

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Monday demanded documents from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as part of a new investigation into whether she has used her office to benefit a shipping company owned by her family.

Leaders of the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee said in a letter to Chao they were troubled by media reports she may have used her role in the Trump administration to boost Foremost Group, a shipping company founded by her father.

The committee requested copies of communications between Chao and her father, James Chao, and her sister Angela Chao, Foremost’s chief executive, among other documents.

Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican ally of President Donald Trump.

A Transportation Department representative said in a statement that the agency looked forward to responding to the committee’s request.

“Media attacks targeting the secretary’s family are stale and only attempt to undermine her long career of public service,” said the representative, who declined to be identified.

New York-based Foremost does most of its business in China and has received low-interest loan commitments from a bank run by the Chinese government, according to a New York Times report.

The Times reported in June that Chao had attempted to include family members in meetings with Chinese officials that she was set to attend as transportation secretary.

Politico reported last year that Chao appeared alongside her father in at least a dozen interviews with Chinese and Chinese-American media outlets since her nomination.

The House Oversight Committee said in Monday’s letter that it was also investigating Chao’s “failure to divest” from Vulcan Materials Co, one of the largest U.S. construction companies, where she served on the board of directors before becoming transportation secretary.

In early 2017, Chao pledged to cash out her stock holdings in Vulcan by April 2018. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Chao had yet to fulfill that pledge.

Chao sold her shares in Vulcan a few days after the Wall Street Journal report, according to documents submitted to the Office of Government Ethics.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Peter Cooney)


  1. It sounds like more collusion between the Times and the Democrat Inquisition in the House. If you are part of the Trump administration, relative or friend, your entire history will be requested and investigated to attempt to find any dirt possible. Beware Conservative America, you are being targeted by an insidious entity bent on your destruction within the government. Democrats reverting to the Dark Ages.

  2. Dems could’t nail Trump down with ‘impeachment’ despite their best efforts, so now they’re going after anyone they can just to entangle this administration in as much legal chaos as possible and generate negative headlines in the New York times and CNN. At this point, democrats are getting more desperate and pathetic every day. Can’t wait for 2020!

  3. So when are we going to start on the demons? Clinton, biden, harry reid, there should ber a long line that she goes to the back of!

  4. The dem playbook (which I have a copy of) stated they would go after anyone and anything associated with the Trump admin……before he was even sworn in. This is the only thing the left wasn’t lying about. They are making up lies, targeting everyone and everything close to Trump. This is why the left must NEVER be in control of our country EVER again.

  5. Attacking Republicans without any thing to start the investigation. If the democrats can’t win an election they will lie on the opposition. Look how many times it has happened. The democrats know they can’t win with a communist platform so they try to falsely accuse the opposition with lies.

  6. DA dastardly D-RATs–there they go again. Wasting time. Yet again doing nothing beneficial for the good of the American people. The D-RAT list of accomplishments, since Trump was elected, is a big fat zero—-a clean sheet of paper. Worthless scumbag pathetic D-RATs! All party politics—-all the time. They are giving the United States of America the finger! The party of jackass is as worthless as a pile of Pelosi!

  7. Pathetic, low life democrats. I only hope when the republicans take back the house in 2020 that they will investigate the hell out of the democrats.

  8. Dimwits couldn’t get to Mitch directly; so they’re going after him through his wife? More wasted time and taxpayer money something they’ve become experts at since 2017.

    1. You are confused, Confused James.

      They don’t need to go after Moscow Mitch through his wife. BOTH of them are corrupt and are each willing to break laws or rules.

      Do you really think that what is left of the “Republican Party” wouldn’t do the SAME thing if a Democratic politician did something similar? If you don’t, then you have a really short memory. You earn your new nickname every time you comment.

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