A federal judge in Washington, DC, ruled on Wednesday that casino tycoon Steve Wynn cannot be forced to register with the US Department of Justice as a foreign agent of China.

In a lawsuit filed in May, the Justice Department asked the court to issue a judgment compelling Wynn,

the former CEO of Wynn Casinos, to register as a foreign agent.

Authorities claimed that in 2017, Wynn pressured then-President Donald Trump on behalf of China.

Wynn's legal representatives denied that he had ever served as a Chinese government stooge.

According to U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, the Republican donor cannot be asked to register as an agent because Wynn's contact with the Chinese government ended in 2017. 

The judge based his decision on previous DC federal court precedent and stated that he was not determining whether Wynn had advocated on behalf of China.

If the statute of limitations hadn't run out, he claimed, the Justice Department could press charges against Wynn for failing to disclose the alleged lobbying.

Several roadways were also closed. The following day, it was requested that the FBI join the hunt.