The Chinese woman arrested at President Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago club with four cell phones on her last month entered the U.S. on a business visa that allowed her to make repeat trips to the country for a period of a decade.
Yujing Zhang, who had a bond hearing in Florida Monday, entered the U.S. on a B-1/B-2 visa, according to documents released by the government.
Her visa allowed her to travel to the U.S. for a period ranging from 2016 through 2026. Those visas are designed for people who need to be in the country on a temporary basis, such as to attend a business conference, or to seek medical treatment. They allow for repeat visits.
Yujing Zhang was arrested with two passports, four cell phones, and a USB drive that a Secret Service agent found had malware when inserting it into his computer
The visas do not require an employee sponsor, though it was not immediately known how Zhang, 32, was able to obtain her travel document.
Passports that bear stamps and were introduced into evidence for Monday’s hearing reveal that Zhang was admitted to the U.S. on at least four occasions: in July 14, 2016, January 03, 2017, December 2, 2017, Sept. 14, 2018, and last month – on March 28th.
Two days after her most recent arrival, she was arrested after talking her way past security at the president’s private club, where members pay a $200,000 initiation fee, and where Trump family members and top aides frequently spend weekends.
According to a Secret Service affidavit, a club security person who spoke to her concluded she may have been related to a club member with the same name, although Zhang is one of the most common names in China.
When she was at security, she also said she was there to go to the pool, although an agent noted in the affidavit that she had no bathing suit.
She was arrested with two passports on her, one of which had expired in 2017.
One of Zhang’s passports expired in 2017
Her visa allowed Zhang to travel to the U.S. multiple times over a ten-year period
The defense submitted a flyer touting a Mar-a-Lago event in Chinese and featuring a picture of President Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump-Grau
Zhang was charged with lying to investigators and entering a restricted area
Zhang said she was at Mar-a-Lago to attend an event at the invitation of a man she identified as ‘Charles’
Zhang’s passport included stamps for the times she entered the U.S.
Zhang flew from Shanghai to Newark before dropping in on Mar-a-Lago
She was arrested two days after entering the country
Zhang’s attorney, Robert Adler, on Monday presented a different sequence of events.
He said his client wired $20,000 to a party organizer for access to Mar-a-Lago to attend what she thought was a party later that night – an event that earlier in the week was cancelled.
Adler introduced a flyer for the event, which featured writing in Chinese as well as a photo of President Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump-Grau, who according to the flyer was supposed to be there.
The flyer had been posted on the web site of Cindy Yang, who formerly owned the Orchids of Asia Day Spa where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution.
It later emerged that Yang marketed Mar-a-Lago packages in China and has been pictured with Trump and a raft of Trump family members.
Yang, 45, seen in foreground with President Trump and a guest at Mar-a-Lago in February at a Mar-a-Lago Super Bowl party
President Donald Trump was at his nearby golf course when the Chinese woman was arrested with two passports, four cell phones and computer drive with ‘malware’
The White House is downplaying a security breach at Mar-a-Lago following the arrest of Yujing Zhang, a Chinese woman, who tried to enter the club over the weekend
In this artist sketch, a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, left, listens to a hearing Monday, April 8, 2019, before federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla. Secret Service agents arrested the 32-year-old woman March 30 after they say she gained admission by falsely telling a checkpoint she was a member and was going to swim
In addition to the four cell phones on her, Zhang had a stash of cash at her hotel room as well as a signal detector that can be used to locate hidden cameras.
Adler said sources in China sent his office a receipt from what appeared to be wire transfer for $20,000 to businessman Charles Lee, the alleged organizer of the cancelled party.
House Oversight Chairman demanded a security briefing following the apparent intrusion. He spoke to the departing head of the Secret Service, Randolph “Tex” Alles, before the White House announced he was resigning, in a piece of a homeland security purge.
Cummings told DailyMail.com Tuesday the agency is still looking into the matter. ‘They’re still doing their own research.,’ he said.
Also included in defense exhibits on file with the court are numerous pictures of Charles Lee. Lee has been pictures twice with Cindy Yang.
One photo shows Lee with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Another shows him with former UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon. Others show him posing with Chinese Communist Party officials.
Earlier court documents revealed that when Zhang was questioned by the Secret Service, she claimed a person she identified only as ‘Charles’ had told her to attend a United Nations Chinese Friendship Association event at the club.
The event had been cancelled, although it had originally been scheduled for the day she was there.
In court, Adler argued that his client hadn’t done anything wrong by being at Mar-a-Lago. Trump stayed there that weekend but had been golfing at the time.
‘What did she do that was wrong?’ Adler said, the New York Times reported. ‘What she did was the equivalent of saying, ‘My name is Smith, I’d like to use the pool.’