Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s political organization donated roughly $500,000 to the 2015 election campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, the wife of an FBI official who later helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Dr. McCabe’s husband, Andrew McCabe, is currently the deputy director of the FBI. Given McAuliffe’s position as an influential Clinton ally, questions are now being raised about the donation.
In addition to the money from Common Good VA, the Virginia Democratic Party, also heavily influenced by the Democrat Virginia governor, donated almost $208,000 in mailers for McCabe’s campaign.
The Wall Street Journal has more on the new developments:
That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.
Among political candidates that year, Dr. McCabe was the third-largest recipient of funds from Common Good VA, the governor’s PAC, according to campaign finance records. Dan Gecker received $781,500 from the PAC and $214,456 from the state party for a campaign that raised $2.9 million, according to records; and Jeremy McPike received $803,500 from the PAC and $535,162 from the state party, raising more $3.8 million that year for his candidacy.
The governor could recall only one meeting with Mr. McCabe—when he and other state Democrats met with the couple on March 7, 2015, to urge Dr. McCabe to run, according to the spokesman.
A spokesman for McAuliffe told The Wall Street Journal that the governor “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors.”
“Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous,” the spokesman added.
The FBI said the six-figure donations were not seen as a conflict of interest in the Clinton investigation because his wife’s campaign was over by the time the probe was launched. Andrew McCabe was reportedly promoted to the “No. 3 position” at the FBI in 2015, and then promoted again to second-in-command in February of 2016.
Dr. McCabe claimed her husband “had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children.”
Following the investigation into Clinton’s emails, the FBI recommended no charges against the former secretary of state. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed with the recommendation and Clinton escaped prosecution.
FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server as “extremely careless,” but argued “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges in the case. At least 110 emails were found to contain then-classified information, despite Clinton’s repeated claims to the contrary.
Read the full report here.