Signal detector, electronic devices and thousands of dollars in cash found in hotel room of woman who infiltrated Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate: prosecutor
The woman who was arrested late last Month during a weekend stay at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida “had a signal detector, other electronic devices and thousands of dollars in cash in her hotel room,” CNN reports, citing federal prosecutors.
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Yujing Zhang, who originally made it past Secret Service agents despite presenting two Chinese passports in her name, was arrested on March 30 while carrying four cellphones, a laptop, and a thumb drive containing malware.
During a federal court detention hearing on Monday, U.S. prosecutor Rolando Garcia argued Zhang is a flight risk. “Her ties are all in China,” Garcia said.
The prosector also described what authorities found in Zhang's hotel room. Per CNN:
Prosecutors say they found multiple electronic devices in her hotel room, including a signal detector that can seek out detect hidden cameras, another cell phone, nine USB drives and five SIM cards," according to CNN. "There were also several credit cards in her name.
“We have extremely good control,” Trump insisted Wednesday during a meeting with military leaders, calling the Zhang incident a “fluke.”
While Trump and his White House associates have tried to downplay the security breach, CNN reports the FBI is investigating Zhang as part of a Chinese espionage operation.
Monday, Trump abruptly ordered acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to fire Secret Service chief Randolph Alles, multiple outlets reported. NBC News reporter Pete Williams said Alles’ firing was “not based on any single precipitating event.” The dismissal comes less than 24 hours after Trump ordered the resignation for former secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
NBC News reports Alles was told about 10 days ago, before the breach, to prepare for his departure.
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