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Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife Group linked to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe donated nearly half a million dollars to 2015 state Senate candidate

28 October 2016 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.

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.

 Mr. McAuliffe and other state party leaders recruited Dr. McCabe to run, according to party officials. She lost the election to incumbent Republican Dick Black.

A spokesman for the governor said he “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.”

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.

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.

“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.”

Mr. McCabe is a longtime FBI official who focused much of his career on terrorism. His wife is a hospital physician who campaigned in northern Virginia, where the couple live with their children.

The 2015 Virginia State senate race was Dr. McCabe’s first run for office and her campaign spent $1.8 million. The race was part of Mr. McAuliffe’s failed effort to win a Democratic majority in the Virginia legislature, which would have given him significantly more sway in Richmond, the state capital.

Mr. McAuliffe has been a central figure in the Clintons’ political careers for decades. In the 1990s, he was Bill Clinton’s chief fundraiser and he remains one of the couple’s closest allies and public boosters. Mrs. Clinton appeared with him in northern Virginia in 2015 as he sought to increase the number of Democrats in the state legislature.

Dr. McCabe announced her candidacy in March 2015, the same month it was revealed that Mrs. Clinton had used a private server as secretary of state to send and receive government emails, a disclosure that prompted the FBI investigation.

At the time the investigation was launched in July 2015, Mr. McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, which provided personnel and resources to the Clinton email probe.

That investigation examined whether Mrs. Clinton’s use of private email may have compromised national security by transmitting classified information in an insecure system. A review of Mrs. Clinton’s emails concluded that 110 messages contained classified information. Mrs. Clinton has said she made a mistake but that she never sent or received messages that were marked classified.

At the end of July 2015, Mr. McCabe was promoted to FBI headquarters and assumed the No. 3 position at the agency. In February 2016, he became FBI Director James Comey’s second-in-command.

As deputy director, Mr. McCabe was part of the executive leadership team overseeing the Clinton email investigation, though FBI officials say any final decisions on that probe were made by Mr. Comey, who served as a high-ranking Justice Department official in the administration of George W. Bush.

Mr. McAuliffe has been under investigation for months by the FBI’s Washington field office, a probe that includes an examination of donations made on behalf of a Chinese businessman, according to people familiar with the matter. His lawyers have denied any wrongdoing and said the investigation is seeking to determine if Mr. McAuliffe may have violated a law requiring people to register as agents of a foreign entity.

It was unclear the extent to which Mr. McCabe may have recused himself from discussions involving Mr. McAuliffe. When Mr. McCabe’s wife began her campaign, he shied away from involvement in Virginia public corruption cases, according to officials.

Once the campaign was over, officials said, Mr. McCabe and FBI officials felt the potential conflict-of-interest issues ended.


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  • Rijomi2

    This may be the reason why Director Comey is reopening. For those who don’t remember, Mr. McAuliffe purchased a home for over a million dollars when Bill left office.

    • Pompano Queen1

      Just read this on FB…

      Let’s see, the FBI re-opens the case, her campaign manager deleted his entire Twitter timeline when he heard about it, but there is nothing shady about the Clinton Campaign? Tell us another fairy tale

    • Pompano Queen1

      Now they are trying to say it has something to do with the Weiner investigation. They did NOT mention that earlier. Are they trying to cover up already?

      • Rijomi2

        No. Weiner’s wife is Huma Abedin her right hand woman and girlfriend.

        • skydove

          But considering some of the Wikileaks extracts that have been posted here, you see Huma tearing her hair over the boss’s stubborn, irrational, reckless behavior. She’d ties her fortunes, and perhaps more, to the Clintons. In the quite recent past, she may have concluded that the arrangement wasn’t working out. Girlfriends come and go; NDAs can be broken for reasons of national security. Maybe Weiner’s baby momma is about to make a move.

      • Rijomi2

        OK the latest is they found it on Anthony and Huma’s devices, More than likely Huma’s. Now what do they have,

        • Pompano Queen1

          That’s the million dollar question!

        • Pompano Queen1

          OK… what I meant was…. I heard it live when I told you and it involved a copy of Clinton’s server by a guy that worked for the tech company that set up her server. Now all of a sudden…. it’s got Huma and Weiner involved. What happened to the copy of her server? You know I was listening live and told you about it. I know what I heard!

          • Rijomi2

            This is what all the news sites are reporting. I do no doubt what you heard but everyone is saying it was from the other investigation. They are saying it was one of their devices.

          • Pompano Queen1

            Well, they are back peddling! There are supposed 4 devices. 2 known and 2 UNknown according to the media. If they don’t expose the copy of her server it’s a bullshit cover up!

          • Rijomi2

            Truthfully we don’t how many devices because the FBI has not released that info, or what devices, or what they found. It’s all rumors except for what Comey said.

          • Pompano Queen1

            True! Let’s see what happens. LOCK HER UP!

          • skydove

            Does it matter how many devices if the “what they found” part throws enough doubt into the ambient political environment to keep her out?

          • Rijomi2

            The fog is better than the truth and the currrent democratic attack on Comey plays into the election is rigged for Trump. Average people are not exempt from criminal investigations because of situations.

          • Charles___Darwin

            Wouldn’t want to be in Comey’s shoes right now.

          • Rijomi2

            He’s stressing. Apparently when this came to his attention he felt compelled to do it because of his rank and file were previously disappointed. He can’t win

          • skydove

            MSM has hinted about outright dissatisfaction in the ranks of FBI agents, not just those who worked on the case that, according to their boss, “no reasonable prosecutor’ would bring.

            Comey may have decided to reopen the investigation upon presentation, by “disappointed” agents, of the fruits of additional investigative efforts, undertaken their own time. If enough agents had signed a pledge to quit en masse, should Comey choose to ignore their findings, the director would face the prospect of a made-for-TV spectacular: scores, maybe hundreds, of armed FBI agents raising their fists and shouting, “I am Spartacus!”

          • Rijomi2

            Or what he was told and what was leaked lately were inconsistent. I’m sure someone on his immediate staff is getting tired of reading leaked memos

          • skydove

            That, too. As might be expected, however, the empire is striking back. Separately on this thread I’ll summarize and quote from an article by Jane Mayer due to appear in next week’s New Yorker: “JAMES COMEY BROKE WITH LORETTA LYNCH AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TRADITION [their caps].

          • Charles___Darwin

            They probably wouldn’t resign in mass, but the information must be so explosive that the agents could have gone “whistleblower” if it wasn’t dealt with officially. Whatever is must be good for Comey to stick his neck out like this. Good to see the FBI not bend to the AG’s political wishes.

          • skydove

            I’m sure you’re right. I was being overly dramatic. I just hope the evidence is much better than circumstantial, thus vulnerable to attempts to refute it on that ground. I’m afraid that, as you said, agents were threatening to blow the whistle on their own, and screw the job. If enough of them followed through, Comey would be done anyway, so perhaps he reasoned that by doing the right thing, he could shield his guys from unemployment and maybe bring the Clintons down.

          • Charles___Darwin

            That’s the most likely scenario. The FBI must have something tangible and airtight, hence the AG’s attempt to quash it and Comey having the gravitas to go against the AG and make it public at this stage of the election.
            Even funnier is the Clinton camps insistence in having the FBI say what the evidence is. Law enforcement only needs to turn over evidence AFTER someone is indicted, not before. In this case, however, I’m sure the smoking gun will be leaked.

          • Rijomi2

            Huma knows she should come clean

          • Charles___Darwin

            She may have to, to avoid going to jail.

          • Lt Bil Drat

            She can’t come clean. You can’t wash off stupidness.

          • Rijomi2

            Of weiners

          • skydove

            That IS funny! The queen of entitlement and her enabler now want pre-discovery discovery. Who gets to explain to them why that’s a privilege too far?

          • Charles___Darwin

            Queen Hillary DEMANDS the evidence!

          • skydove

            Truth is fire, and truth burns off fog. It remains to be seen whether the Democrats’ fog-generating equipment will be able to quench the fire and how quickly more lighted tinder can be thrown in.

            The present situation reminds me of a worry I’ve had about early voting and extensions of this seemingly unnecessary convenience, not only via absentee ballot but at physical polling places. By making that option available and encouraging its use, the parties (mainly one party) can lock in votes, perhaps substantial numbers of votes, that can’t be withdrawn in the event of a compelling October surprise. In normal times (remember them?), the number of early votes probably wouldn’t have affected the results of a general election.

          • Rijomi2

            I understand the truth. The fog is we don’t know what the emails say so that fog is good enough to hurt Clinton

          • skydove

            How much does it matter what we don’t know about the new set of emails? No one here requires additional proof. The fog I was thinking of is the response the Clinton machine will generate: “There they go again — how pitiful! They don’t know what’s in emails received by private citizens and they’re trying, once more, to make me look guilty.”

            Now is the time to make peace, however temporary, with MSM. They were bad; they were in the tank; they filled the holes in people’s minds with readable putdowns of bin Fred when they should have been emphasizing Hillary’s criminality. Forget all that. If the news orgs you listed on another thread are coming around, we need to support them without snarky cracks about rats leaving. . . . Presumably WaPo will continue to lead the charge; changes at the paper of record are beginning to happen and may now accelerate. Hopefully, AP will get the message and find the exit ramp.

          • Rijomi2

            Huma and Hillary knows what’s in the emails. So tell us now, My God how stupid can you get? They just want a clue so it can be spun. Huma is in bigger trouble. She was compelled by subpoena to produce those emails no matter what device it was on. If she attempted to delete, it’s obstruction. Regardless , she better have a good reason why she didn’t if any are new.

          • skydove

            This is funny — maybe each one is saying she can’t remember; or maybe Huma is trying to save herself by assuring Hillary that there really weren’t any smoking guns and pitching the feds for immunity.

            I could be wrong, but I think the subpoena compelling the production of Huma’s emails was served to the Foundation, not Huma personally. It seems that if Judicial Watch had wanted to see all emails from Huma, regardless of where they were stored, at least one separate subpoena would have been required. Would the law permit the Foundation to force Huma or anyone to give up private emails?

          • Rijomi2

            Huma as all Hillary’s staff got one from Congress after the personal server was discovered at the Benghazi hearing. She would have access to state.gov docs or forward docs to her personal computer. It’s not a matter of her personal email. Remember Hillary scrubbed the server after the subpoena was issued.

          • skydove

            I think this is a different subpoena, but maybe not.

          • Rijomi2

            The foundation one though Judicial is civil. You have an FBI Investigation where Huma was interviewed, Benghazi Committee, and Anthony’s FBI investigation. When Hillary became a grandmother I said the baby room would be wallpapered with subpoena’s so there will never be a fear of process servers

          • skydove

            You should send Chelsea and Mr. Chelsea a bill. Way cheaper than therapists, and the concerned parents could start right away.

          • Rijomi2

            Just an update. Comey went alone on submitting that letter to Congress and Lynch and her allies are livid. Also, reports that HRC is not on the emails is premature because the number they’re throwing around is 10,000. On to the World Series and route for Cleveland.

          • Charles___Darwin

            Sorry Rij, gotta go with the Cubbies. Can’t root for the MIstake on the Lake.

          • Wasn’t it supposed to be the Cubs and Miami based upon Back To The Future II?

          • Rijomi2

            Born in Cleveland. After a long drought may be 2 in a year. If anyone else is going to win it in my book, let it be the Cubs. Hey Bruce has sad nothing about betting the WS.

          • No WWE wrestlers in baseball

          • Rijomi2

            I forgot he thinks it’s real

          • Charles___Darwin

            Looks like the Cubbies are going to screw it up again. Hey, every team can have a bad 108 years, right?

          • Rijomi2

            That’s why they are lovable, right? The Marlins are part of that lore. Remember when the fan intefered and caught a foul ball and the Cubs subsequently fell apart in the playoffs?

          • Charles___Darwin

            108 years of futility. I grew up in the Chicago area and every year was going to be “the” year.

          • Reminds me of the Dolphins

          • Rijomi2

            The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings. Ask the Warriors who were also up 3-1 against the Cavs.

          • Charles___Darwin

            True. A comeback for the Cubs would make the whole thing even more special for the fans.

          • Charles___Darwin

            Let me know if Adele belts out a song, then I’ll know it’s over/

          • Rijomi2

            LMAO!Belts or belch?

          • Ha!!

          • Rijomi2

            They lived another day. I do have Adele in a fat lady Viking costume pic.

          • Lt Bil Drat

            My father worked at Statesville for 8 years and was a Red Sox fan. He was in good company with the the “curses” of baseball.

          • Charles___Darwin

            In Joliet, what a hellhole that town always was. It was like a glimpse into the future of the country as run by democrats.

          • Lt Bil Drat

            Then he went from there to Stone Mountain, GA for 15 years and retired. Apparently saw that same you spoke of.

          • Rijomi2

            I almost got engaged to a girl from there right after college. Luckily we lived together for a while and the trial run didn’t work. Her mom was a bitter divorced psycho and just intefered all the time.

          • Rijomi2

            I just found this and the NY Times i s liberal. WASHINGTON — A new trove of emails that appear pertinent to the now-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered after the F.B.I. seized at least one electronic device shared by Anthony D. Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
            There is no unknown devices.

          • Pompano Queen1

            Okay…. stay tuned!

          • The fan, shit is hitting it.

          • skydove

            Yes! Let’s now hope for serial impacts.

          • skydove

            Who discovered the “new trove”? Might have been someone with a serious interest in enhancing existing evidence against Hillary. Someone with a grudge, perhaps? Someone who survived an under-bus experience? Or was the “discovery” courtesy of Wikileaks?

            Live by the word, die by the sword, I always say. Along with hundreds of millions of dollars, the Clintons have accumulated enemies.

          • Rijomi2

            It sounds like a shared device, presumably laptop, of the Weiner household. No confirmation but a few reports are it’s massive and that’s why it will take time.

          • skydove

            Makes sense. Great that someone had the idea of working parallel to the Wikileaks finds and was able to access to the “trove.” Now one more patriot needs to come forward, and the Clinton’s own tactic, triangulation, will be in hand.

          • Someone is very mad tonight lol

          • Rijomi2

            Not even mowing Hillary’s lawn would help Huma now

          • skydove

            Is that the North Platte guys?

  • skydove

    On my way out the door and drawing a blank on the specifics, but wasn’t a Republican Virginian elected official whose last name begins with “Mc” (or “‘O”) only recently cleared of the consequences of Clinton vindictiveness?

    • Rijomi2

      That was McDonnell. McAuliffe is the current governor of Virginia

      • skydove

        Thanks. Poor Old Dominion. Not looking very fair and balanced lately.

  • skydove

    The New Yorker has been sending subscribers a rabidly partisan daily digest of reporting and opinion about the election. An article by Jane Mayer, which will appear next week in the print edition, is entitled “James Comey broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department Tradition.” The tone is alarmist, bordering on hysterical: “striking break . . . . unprecedented , , , , causing an extraordinary level of concern among legal authorities . . . . appearance of meddling . . . . aberrational.” The writer notes early on that Comey, an Obama appointee, is a Republican; toward the end she reports what his supporters say.

    Here’s a little of Mayer’s lead: “. . . according to a well-informed Administration official, Lynch expressed her preference that Comey follow the department’s longstanding practice of not commenting on ongoing investigations, and not taking any action that could influence the outcome of an election, but he said that he felt compelled to do otherwise.”

    Then there’s some history. Again quoting a former official who spoke on condition of anonymity, Mayer reports that Bill’s AG, Janet Reno, “completely shut down” the prosecution on criminal charges of someone with political connections. “She was adamant — anything that could influence the election had to go dark,” the former official continued. [I’m drawing a blank; which FOB might this have been? Mark Rich?]

    Holder nailed this policy down in a memo to all DoJ employees, saying that if questioned about “the timing of charges or overt investigative steps near the time of a primary or general election,” they should consult the Public Integrity Section of the [DoJ] Criminal Division. Not making this up.

    Then there’s a long statement from a Democratic member of the Obama administration insisting that the public should be protected from the challenge of interpreting information without the full context because people might conclude that where there’s smoke, . . . Theere follows a stern admonition: “there may be nothing here at all.” A later statement by Comey reprises these arguments but says he thought it was his duty to make the information, incomplete though it is, available.