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FBI opens campaign finance investigation into Trump donor Cindy Yang

In this image, Trump stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone with a crowd of supporters in rows behind him.
Trump holds a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida on May 8, 2019. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The FBI has opened a campaign finance investigation into Li "Cindy" Yang, a donor to President Trump and founder of a Florida massage parlor chain caught in a human trafficking investigation, the Miami Herald reports.

Driving news: The FBI subpoenaed records this week related to a donation to Trump's 2020 campaign from an employee of Yang's massage parlors who wrote a $5,400 check, the maximum allowed under federal law, with Yang's help, as reported by the New York Times. It's unclear if that employee was reimbursed by Yang for the donation.

Chairman of North Carolina GOP indicted in federal campaign finance probe

Robin Hayes, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, surrendered to authorities on Monday following a 5-month FBI investigation into a $2 million party donation from business owner Greg Lindberg, who has been implicated in multiple white collar crimes, WBTV reports.

Details: $240,000 of Lindberg's donation to the NCGOP was forwarded to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey's campaign in what WBTV investigative reporter Nick Ochsner described as a bribe. Lindberg also made a 6-figure contribution to the North Carolina Democratic Party. Per Ochsner, the commissioner is not being charged.