Dianne Feinstein

Dems demand FBI probe into ex-spa owner selling Chinese access to Trump

Nancy Pelosi speaks, with Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler, and Dianne Feinstein behind her.
Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler and Dianne Feinstein. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

Top Democrats in both the Senate and House have asked the FBI to launch criminal and counterintelligence investigations into "credible allegations of potential human trafficking, as well as unlawful foreign lobbying, campaign finance and other activities" by Li "Cindy" Yang, the founder of a chain of Florida massage parlors, NBC News reports.

The big picture: Yang, a Trump donor who was photographed with the president at a Super Bowl party last month, runs an investment firm believed to have been selling White House access to clients in China. She is a member of the "Florida Association for China Unification" — part of a global network of pro-government groups backed by the Chinese Communist Party. In their letter, the Democrats note that "China has frequently used non-traditional intelligence collectors and businesspersons to compromise targets."

Grassley, Feinstein demand HHS investigate sexual abuse of migrant youth

Feinstein and Grassley huddle and talk with bent heads.
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Former Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and current ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have written to demand that the Department of Health and Human Services investigate reports of sexual abuse of unaccompanied minors (UACs) in the custody of the U.S. government, NBC News reports.

The big picture: As Axios reported last month, thousands of allegations of sexual abuse have been reported over the past four years, and include everything from rumors of relationships with UACs to showing pornographic videos to minors to forcibly touching minors' genitals. 178 of the total allegations involve claims that adult staff perpetrated the sexual abuse.

Go deeper: Read the original Axios report