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US Election: Clinton Ally helped campaign of FBI agent’s wife

The political organization of Terry McAuliffe donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of current deputy director of the FBI
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a long-time ally of former US President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, reportedly aided the election campaign of the wife of an FBI official who later led the probe into Hillary’s email use.

The political organization of Terry McAuliffe donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of current deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The campaign finance records revealed that The Virginia Democratic Party also offered an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers.

The candidacy of Dr. McCabe was announced in March 2015, while FBI started the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email system in July 2015.

According to Democratic officials, Dr. McCabe was picked up by the state party leaders for the senate election and was defeated by Republican nominee Dick Black.

A spokesman for M was quoted by WSJ as saying: “[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,” he added.

Reports said Mr. McCabe was promoted to FBI headquarters and assumed the No. 3 position at the agency at the end of July and became FBI deputy director in February 2015.

During Dr. McCabe’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 said in a statement.

The FBI investigation later cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with the email case, saying the agency couldn’t prove that she had knowingly involved in the exchange of classified information on her private email server.

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