18 May 2022
The US Justice Department has sued Las Vegas and Macau casino mogul Steve Wynn to compel him to register as a Chinese government agent.
“The Department of Justice today filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking to compel Stephen A. Wynn, a US businessperson and hotelier who previously served as the CEO of Wynn Resorts, to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as the agent of China (PRC) and a senior official of the PRC’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS),” the Department of Justice said in a press statement.
According to the complaint, Wynn contacted the then-President Trump and members of his administration from at least June 2017 to at least August 2017 to convey the PRC’s request to cancel the visa or otherwise remove from the US a Chinese businessperson, who left China in 2014, was later charged with corruption by the PRC, and sought political asylum in the United States.
Sun Lijun, then-Vice Minister of the MPS, asked Wynn to participate in these efforts.
Wynn conveyed the request to the then-President Trump directly over dinner and by phone, and he had numerous discussions with the then-President and senior officials at the White House and National Security Council about organizing a meeting with Sun and other PRC government officials.
During this time Wynn’s company owned and operated casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China.
According to the department, Wynn acted at the request of the PRC in order to protect his business interests in Macau.