This may be 100% coincidence, but it still stinks. According to the Wall Street Journal, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime member of team Clinton, helped steer a total of $675,288 to the state senate campaign off Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, the senior FBI official who would become part of the team that would lead the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system.
McAuliffe’s PAC 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 and an additional $207,788 came from the Virginia Democratic Party which is controlled by its governor, 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.
In a statement to The Journal, the FBI said 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.”
The governor’s office claimed the FBI’s McCabe met the governor only once — on March 7, 2015, when McAuliffe persuaded Jill McCabe to run.
The money directed by McAuliffe represented about 1/3 of Ms. McCabe campaign funds for the 2015 election which she lost.
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.
Again there is no proof that McCabe was influenced by the money McAuliffe gave to his wife’s campaign. What it demonstrates is the FBI’s, indeed the entire Obama Administration’s lack of sensitivity to the very appearance of an ethics in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Rather than being part of the team that managed the investigation of the Clinton emails, Deputy Director McCabe should have recused himself because of the money given to his wife’s campaign. Instead he provided one more reason to doubt its outcome.