WSJ: Top Clinton-Allied Group Gave $468,000 for Senior FBI Official’s Wife’s Campaign

Andrew McCabe oversaw the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. His wife was encouraged to run for State Senate days after the investigation was launched.

By Dustin Siggins Published on October 24, 2016

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that groups affiliated with top Hillary Clinton ally Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe contributed nearly $700,000 to help a State Senate candidate whose husband oversaw the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s e-mails.

According to WSJ:

The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.

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.

McAuliffe was one of the people who convinced Dr. McCabe to run for office, according to the Journal. An office spokesperson told the newspaper that McAuliffe “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 FBI likewise said there was nothing untoward about McAuliffe’s support for Dr. McCabe, who was the third-largest recipient of Common Good PAC in 2015.

The FBI said in a statement that during his wife’s campaign Mr. McCabe “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

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.

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.

However, Mr. McCabe was involved both directly and indirectly in the Clinton investigation from the time it was launched 15 months ago. He initially oversaw the FBI’s D.C. field office, “which provided personnel and resources to the Clinton email probe.” In February 2016, Mr. McCabe was promoted to the FBI’s second-highest post, where he was a senior member of the group overseeing the investigation into Clinton’s e-mail practices.

This is not the first accusation of improper action by McAuliffe. He is under investigation for possibly illegal donations by the same office formerly headed by Mr. McCabe.

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