What we know about the Mar-a-Lago security breach

What we know about the Mar-a-Lago security breach

What we know about the Mar-a-Lago security breach

China says it has been informed of the arrest of a Chinese woman at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club over the weekend and is providing her with consular services.

The complaint said Zhang approached the club midday, said she was going to the pool and provided two Chinese passports to a Secret Service agent.

The agency said in a statement that, with the exception of certain facilities that are protected permanently, like the White House, "the practice used at Mar-a-Lago is no different than that long used at any other site temporarily visited by the president".

In a March 15 letter to Wray, the top Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees asked the FBI to investigate whether Yang had used her connections to Trump and his club to facilitate business opportunities for Chinese executives.

Zhang was granted access to the property because resort officials assumed she was related to a club member.

Zhang had a host of passports and electronic devices with her when Secret Service agents finally figured out she wasn't supposed to be inside the Florida resort on Saturday, and one of the passports was for the People's Republic of China, according to the deposition filed in a Florida federal court that day by a Secret Service officer.

However, Zhang did have a thumb drive with her that appeared to contain "malicious malware", according to court documents.

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The incident has raised security concerns about who is able to access Trump's private property.

During the second interview, Ms. Zhang told the authorities that a Chinese friend named Charles had told her to travel from Shanghai to Palm Beach in order to attend the United Nations friendship event and said that she should try to speak with a member of the president's family about Chinese and American foreign economic relations. The Herald also said that an event promoter who Yang worked with was named Charles Lee.

The woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, reportedly gave conflicting stories about why she was at Mar-a-Lago and was confrontational with workers.

And on Wednesday, Trump said he was "not concerned".

There is no indication Zhang was ever near the president or that she personally knew Cindy Yang, a Chinese native, Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner who made news recently after it was learned she was promising Chinese business leaders that her consulting firm could get them access to Mar-a-Lago, where they could mingle with the president.

She's facing charges of entering a restricted area and making a false statement to a federal official. Her activities "could permit adversary governments or their agents access to these same politicians to acquire potential material for blackmail or other even more nefarious purposes", they wrote in their letter to Wray, director of national intelligence Daniel Coats and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles.

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