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The ‘there there’ in Gov. McAuliffe’s donations to Dr. Jill McCabe

Written By | Oct 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2016 – Citing the “presidential politics” we live with today, the 72nd Governor of Virginia, Terry McAullife, responded to allegations reported in the Wall Street Journal that he gave over half a million dollars in campaign cash and material support to Dr. Jill McCabe‘s senate campaign in 2015.

“the wife of an FBI official who was involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, homebrew email server from which she conducted all her business as Secretary of State — including the sharing of classified information.” – WSJ

In a press gaggle, McCaulliffe said that “ if you read the whole article, I am almost embarrassed for the reporter, but if you read the whole article, I supported Jill McCabe because she is the best candidate to be state senator, plain and simple… If you read the whole story there is no there – there.”

A favorite catch phrase of the Democratic Party when they are caught there.

The support given, in campaign cash and material support, is to the wife of an FBI official who was involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server from which she conducted all her business as Secretary of State — including the sharing of classified information.

From the Wall Street Journal:

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.

Regardless of all else, a $500K donation to a state senate campaign is a lot of donation except that Dr. Jill McCabe is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.  McCauliffe’s donation is not among the top 100 individual contributors to political campaigns, however for an individual politician it is.

In addition to McAuliffe organization’s donation, The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers.

The donations under made under McAuliffe’s auspice represents a third of all the campaign funds that McCabe raised.

There is there there.

McAuliffe, a powerhouse Democrat, served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton‘s 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign.  (Wikipedia)

On May 23, 2016 it was reported that McAuliffe was being probed by the FBI “over whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law” but it is hardly the first time the Democrat has danced with devil.

As governor of Virginia, McAullife signed an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-felons in Virginia that was later overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court as a violation of the Virginia Constitution. Defying the Virginia Supreme Court,  McAuliffe announced that he had restored the voting rights to almost 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis using an autopen. (Wikipedia)

The FBI‘s second in command is facing pressure to resign over the donations the top Clinton ally made to the official’s wife.  Senator Dick Black, on Monday called for the resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe without making a direct link between the $675,000 sent to Jill McCabe’s senate campaign and Andrew McCabe’s subsequent supervision of the email probe that cleared Clinton. (FBI No. 2 pressured to resign over McAuliffe donations to wife)

“I call on Andrew McCabe to step down from the FBI for the good of all the agents who do the their work in in ethical and honest fashion,” Black told Secrets. “What he has done has hurt the FBI.”

At issue, Black says, is that Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the email probe due to the fact that the donations the Clinton confidant made McCabe “indebted” to McAuliffe and that McCabe, who later oversaw the probe into the Hillary Rodham Clinton email scandal, should have known McAuliffe was one of Clinton’s closest advisers and friends and recused himself from the probe of the Democratic presidential candidate.

“I can’t tell you that there was a direct quid pro quo. What I can tell you is that his family was indebted to the governor to the tune of some $800,000 and then to turn around and to do something that clearly would cause Terry McAuliffe to blow his stack, that put him in a position that no federal judge, no prosecutor, no FBI agent would ever want to be placed in and where ethically there is absolutely no excuse for allow that clear appearance of impropriety,” said Black.

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 on behalf of his wife. However, Twitter keeps its eyes open.

It was months after the completion of Dr. McCabe’s campaign, that then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy assuming an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.

Jacquie Kubin

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