The Chinese woman convicted of entering Mar-a-Lago allegedly said she wanted to discuss real estate with President Trump.
Yujing Zhang was convicted by a federal court in Florida last week for entering and lying to a federal officer.
The 33-year-old Chinese citizen was arrested in March after entering Trump & # 39; s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach with multiple cell phones and a thumb drive with malware.
She initially told Secret Service agents that she was going to the pool, but she didn't have a bathing suit.
Yuji Zhang (left), 33, was convicted in federal court last week of entering Mar-a-Lago territory. Text messages show that she wanted to discuss real estate with President Trump (right)
Zhang was convicted in the federal court for lying to a federal official and entering forbidden territory, although she was never accused of espionage. It can be seen (bottom left) in the above sketch of the court of 15 April 2019
The Shanghai resident then claimed that he was attending a non-existent Sino-American friendship event.
She carried two passports from the People's Republic of China, according to the US secret service that arrested her.
Passport stamps reveal that she had been admitted to the US four times before the March 28, 2018 journey that preceded her arrest.
The Miami Herald reported earlier this year that they were on two of those trips – in July 2016 and January 2017 – in a hotel in Trump in New York City.
Zhang was arrested on March 30 after allegedly lying to pass a secret service agent who guarded Mar-a-Lago and said she was there to use the pool
Her arrest aroused the fear that she was engaged in espionage, a crime for which she was never charged.
But text messages that she sent hours before her arrest indicate that she was not interested in politics.
"I thought that because Trump was active in real estate herself, so maybe we had something to talk about," she wrote in a text message to Charles Lee, a Chinese travel agent who arranged her trip.
The texts are obtained by the Palm beach post.
"In terms of politics … it's not that I really … really understand a lot about the struggling relationships between political dignitaries," she writes.
"We are not involved in elections or political relations. I – I personally do not want to get involved – involved in this situation. Do you understand? & # 39;
Some of the text messages Zhang exchanged with Lee were read to the jury, who never heard a statement from her about why she went to Mar-a-Lago.
Against the advice of the judge, Zhang represented himself during the trial and refused a lawyer.
During the trial, it turned out that Lee arranged the trip for Zhang to Mar-a-Lago, although she knew that an event with Trump's older sister, Elizabeth Trump-Grau, had been canceled.
Zhang flew from Shanghai to Palm Beach, with a stopover in Newark.
Trump spent that weekend in Mar-a-Lago, but was at his nearby golf club when Zhang arrived
Yujing Zhang was arrested with two passports, four cell phones and a USB drive that a secret service agent discovered he had malware when he put it in his computer
Zhang & # 39; s passport contained stamps for the times she entered the US
She is said to have spent $ 20,000 in cash for a seven-day trip with stops in Palm Beach, Washington, DC and New York.
The advantage with Trump's sister was canceled a week earlier due to developments in research by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller investigated the Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.
In text messages to Zhang, Lee writes: "But the Trump event is being canceled for the time being, mainly because of the Russian investigation.
"According to the research report, Trump was not involved. Trump is now about to punish and take revenge on those who wrongly accused him, including the media.
& # 39; So his events are being put on hold for the time being.
"If there are other events that we can go, that … I'll let you know.
"I will make agreements. Do not worry. But this is not good, no, not now. Huh. "
Zhang is not responding.
Lee then asks her if she is more interested in real estate.
Zhang replies: "Right. Right Right. & # 39;
In a lawsuit earlier this year, Zhang's lawyers filed a flyer with a Mar-a-Lago event in Chinese and a photo of President Trump's sister, Elizabeth Trump-Grau.
Zhang also told Lee that she was not interested in sightseeing. Instead, she wanted to meet important people.
& # 39; Let's say, after the tour of the White House, you can organize something like a meeting with the legislators on that day. Er … some congressmen … or the congress, & she wrote.
"Have a chat with some of them, or view their … or view their section, something like that. Can you organize such an & # 39; n activity? & # 39;
After the event with Trump's sister, who was a fundraiser, was canceled, Lee Zhang offered the opportunity to fly to Detroit, where Bill and Hillary Clinton organized a fundraising.
But Zhang fell.
Zhang is sentenced on November 22.
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