Criminal Probe Launched Into Death of Mitch McConnell’s Sister-In-Law

by Jon Dougherty at

Authorities have launched an investigation into the death of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s sister-in-law after she was found dead in a vehicle that was submerged in a pond near Austin, Texas.

“This incident was not a typical accident,” the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office reportedly wrote in a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday regarding the death of Foremost Group CEO Angela Chao, sister to Elaine Chao, President Trump’s Transportation Secretary.

“Although the preliminary investigation indicated this was an unfortunate accident, the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this accident as a criminal matter until they have sufficient evidence to rule out criminal activity,” the letter continued, per CNBC.

The Foremost Group, a shipping company, was founded by the Chao sisters’ father, James Si-Cheng Chao, in 1964. Si-Cheng Chao was a Chinese immigrant.

More than 70 percent of the Foremost Group’s freight, which it charters on behalf of private companies, ships to China.

Elaine stated that her family remembered her sister Angela Chao as a “brilliant woman, a charismatic and visionary leader.”

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved youngest daughter, Angela Chao,” father James S.C. Chao said in a statement to the Daily Mail.