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To those who follow these things, it seemed only a matter of time before longtime Clinton confidante and current Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe found himself under some sort of Federal investigation. After all, before he ran for political office he made a nice living being quite possibly the slimiest guy in Democratic fundraising.
On Tuesday, CNN reported the fact that McAuliffe is currently under federal investigation, supposedly because of $120,000 in campaign donations from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang, who, incidentally, is also a major donor to the Clinton foundation (shocker, I know…).
Foreigners are barred by law from contributing to U.S. political campaigns, which would seem to preclude a delegate to the China’s National People’s Congress from helping to elect a Virginia governor.
However, if Mr. Wenliang is also a U.S. permanent resident, as he appears to be, the donations themselves would be quite lawful.
So this begs the question, why would the FBI waste their time investigating this for over a year? Judge Andrew Napolitano went on Fox News to shed some insight on the matter. According to the judge,
“That doesn’t explain why the FBI would be looking at this for a year. If the issue is whether or not Mr. Wang is a lawful resident of the U.S., because if he is not, if he is just a Chinese national the $120,000 was an unlawful donation, but if he is a resident of the U.S. it is a lawful donation, but it doesn’t take the FBI a year to figure this out.”
Napolitano continued, “This came up in the context of and is being investigated by the same FBI team that is investigating Mrs. Clinton for the public corruption allegation, not for the email misuse, the public corruption allegation alleges that she made decisions as Secretary of State to benefit her husband’s speaking fees and to benefit her husband’s foundation. It is in that connection that Terry McAuliffe’s name came up because he was the nominal head of the foundation during that time period.”
While talking about the FBI going into bank records, tax returns, and personal records without, apparently, McAuliffe himself even being aware of the investigation until he heard it in the media, the judge insisted, “there’s obviously more there than meets the eye.”
“This can’t be just the issue of whether he is a lawful resident of the United States. How would they justify a year of investigation?”
That all remains to be seen, but one imagines the Feds are only turning over the first layer of the onion of corruption that is Governor Terry McAuliffe.
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