Washington, May 17 (Reuters)-On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice forced Steve Wynn, former CEO of Wynn Resorts (WYNN.O), to register as China’s agent, and Donald Trump at the time. He accused the president of lobbying. At the request of Beijing in 2017.

Win’s lawyer denied the allegations, saying he had never acted on behalf of the Chinese government and was “not obliged to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).”

At least from June to August 2017, Win contacted Trump and members of his administration, informing him of China’s request to cancel the visa of a Chinese businessman seeking asylum in the United States. rice field.

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The ministry’s civil proceedings allegedly advised Win to register as a Chinese agent under FARA in April 2018, 2021 and 2022, but he refused to do so. Win resigned as CEO of Wynn Resorts in early 2018.

“If a foreign government uses an American as its agent to influence US policy making, FARA gives the Americans the right to know,” said Matthew G, Assistant Attorney of the Department’s National Security Department. . Olsen said.

The proceeding was filed in the US District Court in the District of Columbia. It seeks a declaratory judgment that Win is obliged to register under FARA.

Wynn’s lawyers Reid Weingarten and Brian Heberlig disagreed with FARA’s legal interpretation and said they were looking forward to proving their proceedings in court.

In a statement, the Justice Ministry said Wynn acted at Beijing’s request, “from the desire to protect his business interests in Macau,” where Wynn Resorts operates luxury hotels and casinos. Insisted.

Win has informed the Trump administration of a request to revoke a businessman’s visa on behalf of Sun Lijun, a former deputy minister of public security in China, the statement said.

It did not appoint the Chinese businessman in question, but said the individual left China in 2014 and was later charged with corruption by Beijing.

Win communicated Beijing’s request to Trump for dinner and telephone, and had numerous discussions with senior White House and National Security Council officials about organizing a meeting between Sun and other Chinese officials, the ministry said.

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Report by RamiAyyub; edited by Tim Ahmann and Howard Goller

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