DOJ Accuses Casino Mogul And Trump Associate Steve Wynn Of Being A Chinese Agent

  • The DOJ is suing Steve Wynn to force him to register as a Chinese foreign agent.
  • The DOJ said in a lawsuit that Wynn had lobbied Trump on behalf of the Chinese.
  • The DOJ further alleges that Wynn acted on China’s requests to protect its business interests in Macau.

The Justice Department alleges that casino mogul and Trump associate Steve Wynn once acted as a Chinese agent and lobbied the former president on behalf of China.

In a court document filed Tuesday, the DOJ argued that Wynn should register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, citing what they believe was Wynn’s backchanneling with a former PRC official to lobby Trump.

The DOJ called ex-PRC official Sun Lijun and said Wynn worked with him and “acted as an agent” from June to August 2017, when he “engaged politically” in the US on behalf of Sun and China.

In particular, at the request of Sun and on behalf of the PRC, the Defendant forwarded to former President Donald J. Trump and his administration (“the Trump administration”) the request of the PRC to expel a national of the PRC from the country. remove that political asylum in the United States,” the indictment reads.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Miles Guo Wengui, a fugitive tycoon known for his investments in conservative social media platform Gettr, may have lobbied Trump to remove him from the US. Wengui was also a known ally and financier of Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Guo was accused of corruption in China and now lives in exile. He has not yet been extradited to China, but has filed for bankruptcy.

At the time of the alleged lobbying, Wynn owned casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of China, and was identified by Beijing as “helping access officials of the Trump administration,” according to the DOJ.

The DOJ also said in its complaint that Wynn’s conduct was “motivated by his desire to protect his business interests in the PRC”.

Wynn’s attorneys denied the DOJ’s claims about the casino mogul in a statement to The Guardian.

“Steve Wynn has never acted as an agent of the Chinese government and was not required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. We respectfully disagree with the Ministry of Justice’s legal interpretation of Fara and look forward to our case in court,” said the statement from Wynn’s attorneys, Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig.

The casino mogul stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts in 2018 and also resigned from his position as chairman of the RNC’s finance department the same year, following a report by The Wall Street Journal in which several Wynn Resorts employees accused Wynn of sexual harassment. , coercion and indecency exposure.

Trump and his associates faced a series of DOJ actions Tuesday that predicted lingering legal troubles for the former president. First, the DOJ has requested transcripts of the House panel’s interviews about the Capitol riot, which could indicate further investigation into Trump’s job. A federal grand jury has also filed more charges against Thomas Barrack, the chairman of Trump’s inaugural commission, who in 2021 was charged with secretly lobbying the United Arab Emirates.

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