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FBI Opens Mar-a-Lago Probe

The arrest of a Chinese woman set things in motion
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2019 5:50 PM CDT
Two Marine One helicopters depart as a U.S. Coast Guard Boat patrols the waters outside President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2019.   (Bruce R. Bennett/Palm Beach Post via AP)

(Newser) – Federal officials are looking into whether a Chinese woman arrested at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club with a device containing computer malware was part of a larger effort to gain access to the president and do potential harm. That's according to a US official who spoke to the AP on Wednesday. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said federal agents are combing through Yujing Zhang's electronics and treating the case as a "credible threat." The 32-year-old was arrested over the weekend while the president was visiting the club in Palm Beach, Fla. Court papers say Zhang was carrying two Chinese passports and had four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive containing computer malware.

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