The FBI denies any conflict of interest.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that a PAC associated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a strong Hillary Clinton ally, handed over almost $500,000 to the 2015 state Senate campaign for Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of now FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He later became involved with the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s email:
Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.
The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. 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.
The McCabes met with McAuliffe on March 7, 2015. At the meeting, the governor urged Dr. McCabe to run against incumbent Republican Dick Black. Afterwards, Agent McCabe met with his bosses at the FBI:
FBI officials said that after that meeting with the governor in Richmond on March 7, Mr. McCabe sought ethics advice from the bureau and followed it, avoiding involvement with public corruption cases in Virginia, and avoiding any campaign activity or events.
“Once I decided to run,” Dr. McCabe said, “my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children. As a federal official…everyone who participated in our campaign understood and respected that he could not participate.”
The FBI has also said that during Dr. McCabe’s campaign, Agent McCabe “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind.”
The PAC began handing over the money “two months after the FBI investigation into Clinton began in July 2015.”
The department promoted McCabe to deputy director months after Dr. McCabe’s campaign ended when she lost to Sen. Black. That is when “he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.” Still, no questions came up about conflicts:
Mr. McCabe’s supervision of the Clinton email case in 2016 wasn’t seen as a conflict or an ethics issue because his wife’s campaign was over by then and Mr. McAuliffe wasn’t part of the email probe, officials said.
FBI officials also said that the final decisions on the investigation came from FBI Director James Comey. However, he came under fire when he announced he would not recommend charges against Hillary or her staff even though the agents found she was extremely careless with classified information on her private email server.
McAuliffe chose to support 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.”
McAuliffe allied himself with the Clintons in the 1990s when President Bill Clinton chose him as chief fundraiser. He remained close to the family and even chaired Hillary’s campaign in 2008.DONATE
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