US authorities are reportedly investigating a woman who posed as a Rothschild heiress to gain access to Mar-a-Lago, raising security concerns at former President Donald Trump’s residence and private club in Florida.
Mar-a-Lago is at the center of an investigation into whether Trump illegally deleted and stored documents when he left office in January 2021.
FBI agents discovered numerous sets of classified documents, some of which were marked “top secret”, after searching the estate on August 8.
A heavily redacted affidavit released Friday said the FBI had probable reason to believe more documents were left at Mar-a-Lago after examining materials Trump returned this past January. It also included a letter from a Justice Department lawyer stating that Mar-a-Lago “does not include a safe place to store classified information.”
Security issues were highlighted after it became known that a Russian-speaking immigrant from Ukraine allegedly infiltrated Mar-a-Lago by pretending to be a member of the wealthy Rothschild family.
Inna Yaschishin, 33, made several trips to Mar-a-Lago under the pseudonym Anna de Rothschild in May 2021. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
She was pictured playing golf with Trump and Senator Lindsey Graham.
Yaschishin stated under oath that she had never used another name and had not violated any laws. She said Post-Gazette that passports or driver’s licenses with Rothschild’s name and her photograph were fabricated by her former business partner. “It’s all fake and nothing happened,” she said.
According to the report, Yaschishin, the daughter of a truck driver who lives in Illinois, is currently under investigation by the FBI and is also under investigation by Canadian authorities. Newsweek contacted the FBI for comment.
Her numerous trips to and from Mar-a-Lago “reveal the vulnerability of the facility, which serves as both the former president’s residence and a private club,” the statement said. Post-Gazette reported.
Mar-a-Lago, the sprawling estate that Trump has dubbed the “Winter White House,” has been accused of lax security. Politico called Mar-a-Lago “a spy’s paradise”.
In 2019, Chinese businesswoman Yujing Zhang was arrested after evading security in Mar-a-Lago. She was found in possession of four mobile phones, a computer and external hard drive with malware, a hidden camera detector, and several thousand dollars in cash.
She was later sentenced to eight months in prison for trespassing and lying to secret service agents and deported to China last year.
Another Chinese citizen was also arrested while trying to enter Mar-a-Lago in 2019.
And in another notable incident early in 2017, guests watched as Trump turned his Mar-a-Lago terrace table into an “al fresco situation room.” Washington Post formulated this at the time and proceeded to discuss the response to North Korea’s missile tests with Shinzo Abe, then Prime Minister of Japan. Photos from the scene have gone viral on social media.
The club promises “higher privileges and an elite lifestyle” to 500 members who will pay a $200,000 fee and $14,000 annual dues.
But some of the property is privately owned and reserved solely for Trump and his family.
The Secret Service said during the Trump presidency that it does not determine who is granted access to the club.
However, agents conduct physical searches to ensure no prohibited items are being brought in, and additional screening of guests in close proximity to the president and other protected individuals.
Newsweek contacted a Trump spokesman for comment.