Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng was accused of funneling over $1 million in illegal foreign donations to Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign. Seng 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. Afterwards, Seng refused to come to the U.S. to cooperate with congressional investigators in the case as it became an international scandal that raised suspicions about the Chinese government trying to influence the American election.
Now, however, Seng has resurfaced in the U.S. and is being held in New York on bribery charges unrelated to this case. Ng was arrested in New York last year and charged with bringing suitcases of cash into the U.S. to bribe officials, including the former U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe.
The House Oversight Committee revealed this week that they will try to interview Seng about the Clintons, and some groups are calling for Congress to grant him immunity from the charges in return for testifying. Ashe was supposed to testify before the same committee five days before he died from a crushed windpipe caused by a weightlifting bar, which was mistakenly misdiagnosed as a heart attack at first.
No date’s been set for Seng’s appearance before the committee, but it’s a certainty that they better hurry – before he’s bit by a mosquito and dies from the Zika virus.