A Clinton aide has been arrested by New York police on bribery charges, leaving Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff in a state of shock.
Ng Lap Seng, a 68-year-old Chinese billionaire, was embroiled in a financial scandal with Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990’s when he made illegal contributions of over $1 million to Bill’s presidential campaign at the time.
Now he’s being held by New York police, Congress have announced plans to interview him on the matter.
At the time, Ng declined to come to the U.S. to cooperate with congressional investigators in the case, which became a sweeping national scandal and raised suspicions about Chinese government efforts to influence the U.S. election.
According to congressional investigators, Ng laundered the illegal campaign donations through a close Clinton associate in Arkansas named Charlie Trie during the 1996 election.
Trie, who sent the donations to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s legal defense fund, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 1999.
The House Oversight Committee said it will take the opportunity to finally question Ng about the foreign donation scheme now that he is under house detention at a $3 million Manhattan apartment, awaiting trial on separate charges that he tried to bribe a top UN official.
‘We plan to request an interview,’ said a spokesperson for the committee.
Then Republican senator Fred Thompson chaired the committee and said that it found that China’s Communist government was involved in a plan ‘to pour illegal money into American political campaigns’ in an effort to ‘subvert our election process’, the Washington Post reported.
It seems that the decades of shady criminal dealings are finally catching up with the Clinton’s.