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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 02:28 PM

Group sues for docs on Elaine Chao's communications with family company

Nonpartisan oversight group Restore Public Trust sued the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Monday for documents related to Secretary Elaine Chao's communications with her family’s shipping company.

The suit, filed by American Oversight, comes in response to a New York Times report detailing connections between Foremost Group and Chao's husband Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Trump administration.

“Americans deserve to know the extent to which Secretary Elaine Chao worked behind the scenes to prop up her family’s company, potentially enriching herself through them at the American taxpayers’ expense,” Kyle Herrig, senior adviser to Restore Public Trust, said in a statement.

“The federal government has been stonewalling us for months, refusing to hand over documents they are legally mandated to make public. Now we know why. Secretary Chao has been secretly promoting her family’s company in an industry she is charged with overseeing, and she is still trying to hide the truth,” he said.

https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/447720-group-sues-for-docs-on-elaine-chaos-communications-with-family-company

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