New Court Docs Reveal Text Messages, Plans of Mar-A-Lago Intruder

first_imgThe Chinese national who was convicted last week of lying in order to gain access into Mar-A-Lago was apparently more interested in President Trump’s real estate holdings than his political life, according to a string of text messages released on Thursday.In the translated messages that 33-year-old wealthy investment counselor Yujing Zhang sent to her travel agent before Secret Service agents arrested her last March, she writes:“I was thinking that since Trump himself was in real estate business so that perhaps we could have something to talk about,” Zhang wrote to Chinese travel agent Charles Lee, who organized her trip.She adds, “In terms of politics … it’s not like that I really .. really understand much of the struggling relationships among the political dignitaries. We don’t get involved in election or political relations. I — I personally don’t want to get involved in — involved in this situation. Get it?”Lee assures Zhang that there could be other opportunities to go to an event attended by Trump, adding that the event she wanted to attend was cancelled just after Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent his report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. Lee explains, “But the Trump’s event is cancelled for the time being, mainly because of the Russian investigation. The investigation report says Trump did not involve. Trump now is about to punish and take revenge on those who wrongly accused him, including the media. So, his events are temporarily put on hold for the time being. If there are other events that we can go, that .. I will let you know. I will make arrangements. No worries. But this is none right no, none right now. Huh.”Zhang responded only when Lee asked if she was more interested in real estate forums. To that, Zhang wrote back: “Right. Right Right.”Other evidence that was also filed in court records on Thursday includes a copy of the travel agreement between Lee and Zhang. The $20,000 package was to include round-trip airfare from Shanghai to the U.S. for seven days, with stops in Palm Beach, Washington, D.C.. and New York City. Zhang was supposed to visit the White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, in addition to Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center and the U.S. Stock Exchange in New York.She would also receive an “Honorary Diploma in Peace,” from the United Nations China, which is identified as a nonprofit organization. She was also supposed to receive a “U.S.-China Friendship Missionary Honorary Certificate,” to be issued by President Trump’s Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the travel contract.That contract was part of the Chinese communist government’s “Belt and Road Initiatives” and “Go Global” attempts to promote China’s role in international infrastructure development and investment.Zhang also write to Lee, “Let’s say, after the White House tour, can you organize something like meeting with the legislators on that day, for example. Er, … some Congresspeople .. . or the Congress,” she wrote. “Have a chat with some of them, or watch their … or watch their section, something like that. Can you organize an activity like that?”However, she was not interested in Lee’s suggestion to attend an event in Detroit featuring former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead, Zhang told Lee to cancel the trip, opting to pay $2,000 for a plane ticket and booking a room at the Red Roof Inn for one night, followed by a stay at the Colony Hotel on Palm Beach.When she appeared at Mar-a-Lago on March 30, Zhang claimed she was attending a “United Nations Friendship Event” between China and the U.S., according to federal agents. However, no such event was scheduled.Since her arrest, Zhang has been held at the Broward County jail. She represented herself at her three-day trial, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, on charges of lying to a federal agent and gaining access to a restricted building. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.last_img read more

More to come from Taarabt, says QPR boss

first_imgMark Hughes says he has been hugely impressed by Adel Taarabt – and believes there is plenty more to come from the Moroccan.Taarabt was out of favour at QPR prior to Hughes’ appointment as manager and the club had been open to offers for him for some time.Taarabt has impressed.But the new boss is quick to point out the 22-year-old’s relative lack of experience and believes he can make him a better player.AdChoices广告Hughes said: “I’m enjoying working with him. He’s a very bright kid, he’s good around the place, and I’ve been really, really impressed with him.“I think there’s more to come. With the right work and the right direction he could be more effective than he has been in the past.“It’s his first season in the Premier League and we want to make sure he improves year on year. I think with my and my staff’s help he’ll be a better player.”Taarabt’s recent display against Wolves was an encouraging sign and belied his reputation for immaturity.With Rangers down to 10 men following the sending-off of Djibril Cisse he produced some of his best moments of the season – giving Hughes food for thought.“I was pleased because he took on responsibility and that’s what you want from players,” Hughes explained.“He understood the situation and that he had to really drive the game for us and that’s what he did.“I like players who are able to understand what’s going on and are able to take responsibility in a game. Some shy away from it but he certainly didn’t.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Line up for County Senior Hurling Semi Finals complete

first_imgMullinahone clocked up a goal and 6 points in the second half to try and narrow the gap but a P White goal for Clonoulty in injury time saw them run out 1-18 to 1-10 winners.There was knocks on both sides -Clonoulty centre back John O’Keefe and Mullinahone’s Eoin Kelly both limped off injured. It follows wins over Mullinahone and Drom & Inch respectively this afternoon.Kildangan took an early lead in their clash with Drom & Inch and at half time were three points up – However at this point it was still anybody’s game- Drom continued their fight back in they earlier part of the second half but Kildangan then clocked up two goals putting them very much in control. Seamie Callanan’s side managed to find the back of the net late in injury time to narrow the gap but in the end Kildangan secured victory on a 2-18 to 1-17 scorelineClonoulty dominated the early game at Semple Stadium with their forwards finding space to score and by half time they were leading by 12 points to 4 last_img read more