Reports of collusion with Va. governor prompt demand that top FBI official resign

by WorldTribune Staff, October 26, 2016

A Virginia state senator is calling on a top FBI official to resign after revelations that political backers of longtime Hillary Clinton associate Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made $675,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to the election campaign of the wife of the FBI official, who later led the investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified material.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should “resign immediately,” Virginia State Sen. Dick Black said on Oct. 24.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

“Hillary Clinton’s defense against charges that she has lawlessly handled classified information in her emails, and by using her private email server, has been that the FBI performed a complete investigation and found no violation of law,” Black said.

“This (Monday) morning, thanks to investigative reporting by the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, we may understand why the FBI dropped the case. Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Clinton confidant, directed almost $800,000 into the political coffers of the wife of this high-ranking FBI official overseeing the email investigation.”

Black continued: “Last year, I ran for re-election to the Virginia State Senate against Jill McCabe. I was astonished at how much money she was able to raise — $1.8 million. Andrew McCabe’s wife, Jill, received $467,500 of her campaign budget from McAuliffe’s political action committee. And the Virginia Democratic Party, which is under his strong influence, gave another $207,788 to Jill McCabe’s campaign.”

McAuliffe served as chair of Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and was said to be a potential vice presidential running mate.

“Meanwhile, the career of Jill McCabe’s husband, Andrew McCabe, has taken off within the FBI,” Black said. In July 2015, McCabe was promoted to third in command the agency. In January 2016, he became second in command to Director James Comey.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the connections on Oct. 23. According to the report, finance records show Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s PAC gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe’s 2015 state Senate campaign.

“We’ve never had a thing like this in the history of this country,” Donald Trump said at a Florida rally Monday afternoon, citing the “shocking” new findings.

“As an attorney, and a former JAG officer who has had responsibilities over the investigation and prosecution of crimes, I am at a loss to see how the FBI could possibly allow Andrew McCabe to oversee the investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server scandals,” Black said. “Mr. McCabe was clearly indebted to the Clinton campaign because of the support given his wife.

“McCabe should have immediately recused himself from the investigation. His failure to do so proves that he is unqualified to serve as Deputy Director of the FBI, or in any position of trust in the United States government.”