Virginia Governor and close friend of Hillary Clinton Terry McAuliffe “helped steer $675,000” to the wife of the FBI agent leading the investigation of Clinton’s private email use.
The political action committee of McAuliffe, the Clinton loyalist, gave $467,500 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of Andrew McCabe, who is now deputy director of the FBI, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Jill McCabe received an additional $207,788 from the Virginia Democratic Party, the report states, which is heavily influenced by McAuliffe.
The money directed by McAuliffe began flowing two months after the FBI investigation into Clinton began in July 2015. Around that time, the candidate’s husband was promoted from running the Washington field office for the FBI to the No. 3 position at the FBI.
Within a year, McCabe was promoted to deputy director, the second-highest position in the bureau.
The FBI said in a statement that during his wife’s campaign 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.”
Governor McAuliffe’s office says he only met FBI agent McCabe once, when he persuaded wife Jill McCabe to run for office. Mrs. McCabe had never run for office.
McCabe lost her bid for office to the incumbent Republican.
A spokesman for the governor said 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.”