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Michelle Steel’s Ties to China Come Under Renewed Scrutiny Amid Reporting on President Trump’s Chinese Business Pursuits

Oct 21, 2020

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Today, Congressman Harley Rouda released the following statement after last night’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s decade-long business pursuits with interests associated with the Chinese Community Party.

“President Trump’s newly revealed financial ties to China emphasize the danger of Michelle Steel and her business partner’s role in a pay-to-play scheme with Chinese Communist Party officials. Not only is Michelle Steel weak on China, but her business partner sold access to agents of the Chinese Communist Party to gain information about our leaders and influence our election.”

“Michelle Steel has had months to explain her role in this scheme and clarify how she profited off dealings with the Communist Party of China. Instead, she has tried to sweep this credible and alarming allegation under the rug. Michelle Steel’s financial entanglements and professional record of corruption speak for themselves.”

An explosive report released in June named Shawn Steel, of Shawn Steel Law Firm, as the key individual involved in a “pay-to-play” scheme to connect Chinese Communist Party leaders with President Trump. As Chief Financial Officer of Shawn Steel Law Firm, tasked with overseeing all financial transactions of the firm, Chairwoman Steel earned a $290,000 salary from the firm each of the last two years, and $325,000 from the firm the year before that. 

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