March 30, 2020

Democrat Virginia Governor And Clinton Ally Under FBI Investigation

Hillary-campaigns-for-McAuliffeAccording to new reports, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is the subject of an ongoing investigation brought by the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors from the public integrity unit.

The investigation dates back at least a year and seeks to determine whether donations made to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law.

As part of the probe, investigators are looking into his time spent as a board member on the Clinton Global Initiative, a branch of the Clinton Foundation established by former President Bill Clinton.

No allegations suggest the foundation did anything improper, but rather the investigation is strictly focused on campaign contributions.

One such contribution in question came from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, who donated $120,000 to McAuliffe through his U.S. business. Wang served as a delegate to China’s ceremonial legislature, the National People’s Congress.

Wang has also donated a staggering $2 million to the Clinton Foundation and has donated to various other causes and organizations, including New York University and Harvard.

While U.S. election law forbids foreign nationals from donating to federal, state, and local elections, Wang holds a legal permanent resident status in the U.S., which makes him eligible to donate.

So far, neither Wang nor his company have been contacted by U.S. investigators.

McAuliffe wasn’t made aware of the investigation until it was publicly announced, however, his attorney has claimed that McAuliffe will cooperate with investigators on the matter.

“The Governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it,” said attorney for the McAuliffe campaign Marc Elias.

“Neither the Governor nor his former campaign has knowledge of this matter, but as reported, contributions to the campaign from Mr. Wang were completely lawful,” Elias said.

McAuliffe is the second consecutive Virginia governor, following former Gov. Bob McDonnell, to come under investigation by the Justice Department.

In 2014, McDonnell was convicted of corruption charges related to gifts and loans he received from a friend, however, he has appealed this decision to the Supreme Court.

Source: Western Journalism

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