“Given all we know about how the corrupt Clinton machine operates, it’s hard not to see this as anything other than a down payment to influence the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.”
That was the reaction of Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus to revelations about big money campaign donations directed by a longtime Clinton ally to the wife of a top FBI official — a key man at the bureau who would play a pivotal role in the investigation of Hillary’s email scandal.
Now, The Point can provide fresh details of these suspiciously convenient and potentially influential donations that add another very smelly layer of intrigue to the FBI’s probe that ultimately found no cause to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
It was revealed over the weekend that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton loyalist and operative who was once Democrat Party boss, steered wads of cash to the campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe when she was running for Virginia state senate. Political organizations under Mr. McAuliffe’s influence or control gave more than $675,000 to the 2015 campaign of the doctor, the wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He soon became FBI Director James Comey’s right-hand man, assigned to oversee the probe into whether the former secretary of state mishandled classified information on her private email server.
Dick Black, the Virginia state senator who defeated Jill McCabe in that 2015 race, talked with radio host Steve Battonon Monday, disclosing details of the bizarre story that’s now led to calls for Andrew McCabe — the number-two guy at the bureau — to resign from the FBI.
Sen. Black said that Jill McCabe was a “surprise candidate” who suddenly entered the race to oppose him in 2015 — a candidate apparently hand-picked by Gov. McAuliffe. At the time, said the senator, there were “rumors running around about why the governor had done this,” rumors relating to the fact that “Andrew McCabe was an upcoming individual in the FBI.”
“In the heat of the election,” noted Black, “Mr. McCabe gets appointed associate deputy director of the FBI, then he is quickly elevated to be the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Then along comes the Clinton email scandal,” Sen. Black told Batton. “It turns out that Andrew McCabe is the individual who assumes oversight for the investigation.”
The red flags raised by Sen. Black about this head-turning turn of events have legitimacy, considering Black’s background. “I was the head of the Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon,” he said, “so I’m very familiar with what the ethical rules, say, for the Department of Defense. They’re similar for other agencies. The key is that you avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”
Clearly in this matter, the number-two official in the FBI did not avoid the “appearance of impropriety” that could easily be raised as evidence of a significant conflict of interest — a conflict coloring his actions with regard to the Clinton email scandal.
“I don’t know of any federal judge, any prosecutor, any law enforcement officer who would not immediately say, ‘I am so conflicted in this, my wife’s gotten $800,000 as a result of Terry McAuliffe’s influence in this race,’” Black told Bratton.
“His wife is fetched out of nowhere and suddenly she becomes a [state] Senate candidate,” Black noted. “She’s lavished with enormous sums of money, and also the husband is lavished with promotions, on the fast track” to FBI prominence and oversight of the incredibly important Hillary Clinton investigation.
The senator added, “Clearly there was an ethical obligation by the FBI deputy director to say, ‘I’m sorry, but I not only cannot be involved in that oversight role, I don’t even want to know who it is, because this is such a blatant and egregious conflict that I cannot be involved.’”
But that didn’t happen. Andrew McCabe remained in his crucial role. And Jill McCabe got some $1.6 million to spend in the campaign, Sen. Black observed — half of that reportedly coming from sources generally directed by the man who had been the Clintons’ close ally and operative, Terry McAuliffe.
And that’s far more than is generally available for any one candidate in a race for a state legislative seat.
“I can’t tell you what was going on in peoples’ minds,” Sen. Black concluded in his radio interview, “but it makes people question, ‘was the purpose to make Andrew and Jill McCabe [beholden] to the governor and, by virtue of that, to Hillary Clinton?’ It’s a very legitimate question.”
You can listen to Sen. Dick Black’s radio interview from Monday afternoon by clicking on the link below.
“When people look at things like this,” Black lamented, “with the Department of Justice, with the FBI, today there’s sort of a presumption of corruption, unfortunately.
“The American public is losing confidence in the federal government,” which is “more and more like a banana republic all the time.”
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