DOJ assigns casino mogul Steve Wynn to register as a foreign lobbyist

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Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn has been told by the Biden Justice Department that he should register as a foreign agent after allegedly urging his friend, former President Donald Trump, to deny a visa at the request of Beijing. a Chinese businessman.

Wynn, the co-founder of Wynn Resorts whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $ 3.2 billion, has denied lobbying Trump on behalf of the Chinese government to oust a businessman considered a fugitive by Beijing.

In 2017, the 79-year-old billionaire is said to have tried to convince the Trump administration to return New York-based businessman Guo Wengui to his native China. The Wall Street Journal.

Two Wynn employees told DOJ prosecutors last year that they were discussing Guo’s removal from the country with the casino mogul.

The employees – Elliott Broidy and Nickie Lum Davis – claim they put Wynn in touch with Chinese government officials who expressed their desire to expel Guo from the US.

Steve Wynn

Guo Wengui

Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn (left) has been told by the Biden Justice Department that he should register as a foreign agent after allegedly urging his friend, former President Donald Trump, to deny a visa to a Chinese businessman, Guo Wengui (right) at Beijing’s request

Wynn, the co-founder of Wynn Resorts whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $ 3.2 billion, has denied lobbying Trump on behalf of the Chinese government to oust a businessman considered a fugitive by Beijing.  Trump can be seen above in New York earlier this week

Wynn, the co-founder of Wynn Resorts whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $ 3.2 billion, has denied lobbying Trump on behalf of the Chinese government to oust a businessman considered a fugitive by Beijing. Trump can be seen above in New York earlier this week

Broidy, who pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act, claimed he was aboard Wynn’s yacht with Wynn in August 2017 when the mogul called Trump to inquire about Guo’s status in the US.

Broidy was also pardoned by Trump on his last day in office.

Davis, who last year pleaded guilty to helping and complicit in FARA violations, said Broidy told her in June 2017 that Wynn has reiterated “ to POTUS ” the need to deny Guo’s visa application, according to the Journal.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Wynn’s attorney and Trump’s office for comment.

“Steve Wynn has never served as an agent or lobbyist for China or anyone else,” attorney Reid Weingarten told the Journal.

“He was just a loyal messenger of information he had received to our government.”

Elliott Broidy

Nickie Lum Davis

Two Wynn employees told DOJ prosecutors last year that they were discussing Guo’s removal from the country with the casino mogul. The employees – Elliott Broidy (left) and Nickie Lum Davis (right) – allege they put Wynn in touch with Chinese government officials who expressed their desire to expel Guo from the US.

Weingarten added, “Any attempt to prosecute him in any way for this behavior would be both a miscarriage of justice and an unjustified extension of the FARA statute.”

Guo released a statement to the Journal stating, “ I am pleased to hear that the DOJ is investigating Steve Wynn and I honestly think they should sue him for serving as a greedy spy for the Chinese Communist Party . ‘

‘FARA’ is short for Foreign Agent Registration Act, an 82-year-old statute originally signed into law to combat pro-Nazi propaganda in the US in the immediate period prior to the country’s entry into World War II .

In the first decades it was rarely maintained. But in recent years, the federal government has used it to coerce domestic lobbyists acting on behalf of foreign actors to disclose their funding sources and file periodic disclosures.

The purpose of the law is to increase transparency in the activities of foreign governments related to policy making and lobbying in Washington, DC.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, is under investigation by the federal government for alleged violation of FARA statutes while working for the former president.

Guo, who was once China’s 73rd richest man at his peak, fled to the US in 2014 after learning that he was wanted for bribery, fraud, money laundering and rape – allegations he vehemently denies.

He is a close business associate of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Between 2018 and 2020, Guo, believed to have made his fortune in real estate, and Bannon launched two media projects: G News and GTV Media Group.

Guo, who was once China's 73rd richest man at his peak, fled to the US in 2014 after learning that he was wanted for bribery, fraud, money laundering and rape - allegations he vehemently denies.  He is a close business associate of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (left with Guo in this undated file photo)

Guo, who was once China’s 73rd richest man at his peak, fled to the US in 2014 after learning that he was wanted for bribery, fraud, money laundering and rape – allegations he vehemently denies. He is a close business associate of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (left with Guo in this undated file photo)

Last August, FBI agents boarded Guo’s superyacht to arrest Bannon on a fraud charge.

Bannon, who was accused of devising a plan to privately finance part of a border wall along the southern border with Mexico, ultimately pleaded not guilty.

He received a presidential pardon from Trump before leaving office in January.

A federal judge in New York City dismissed charges against Bannon on Tuesday.

At the time when Wynn allegedly tried to expel Guo from the country, he was serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee’s national finance committee. Broidy was the national vice president of finance.

A year later, Wynn resigned after The Wall Street Journal reported that he routinely subjected women working for him to unwanted sexual advances over decades.

Wynn has called the allegations of sexual misconduct “ludicrous.”

The allegations, which surfaced at the height of the #MeToo movement, also prompted Wynn to resign as CEO of the company he co-founded.

Wynn’s ties with the Chinese government were reportedly due in large part to his significant business interests in Macau, the former Portuguese colony that is now an autonomous region on China’s southern coast.

Macau has become known in recent years as ‘the Las Vegas of Asia’ due to its high concentration of casinos and resorts.

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