FBI director failed to disclose wife’s ties to Clinton surrogate

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The deputy director of the FBI failed to reveal in financial disclosure forms his wife’s ties to a Hillary Clinton ally, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars she received from Democratic PACs to fund her political campaign.

Records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed that, when filling out 2015 financial disclosure forms, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did not list salary information for his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, who earned a salary as a doctor and was the beneficiary of over three-quarters of a million dollars in campaign donations for her unsuccessful 2015 Virginia state Senate race.

McCabe came under scrutiny last year following a Wall Street Journal report that Clinton confidant and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe prompted McCabe’s wife to run for statewide office shortly following reports that Hillary Clinton used a private email server to conduct government business during her tenure as secretary of State.

Funds received by Jill McCabe for the reporting period of October through November 2015 totaled $467,500 from Common Good VA, a McAuliffe-controlled political action committee, and $292,500 from a second Democratic PAC.

When asked why the deputy director did not disclose his wife’s salary or the campaign donations on the 2015 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report, an FBI spokesman claimed that the forms were certified as “in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.” According to the spokesman, Office of Government Ethics regulations do not require declaration of a spouse’s salary or contributions received by a spouse’s political campaign.

McCabe filed the disclosure report on July 8, 2016 after receiving a 44-day filing extension.

The OGE does not require spousal financial information to be included on the form, despite the questions being listed.

The chief of policy for Issue One, a “bipartisan organization dedicated to reducing the influence of money in politics,” points to this as another flaw in the disclosure system.

In a November 2016 letter to the Justice Department inspector general, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley wrote that in July 2015, about the time the Clinton investigation began, Andrew McCabe was promoted to the number-three position at the FBI—associate deputy director at FBI headquarters.

The promotion placed Andrew McCabe at the center of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of an unsecured server even though his wife’s political campaign had been financially buoyed by a Clinton surrogate.

Grassley cited the Journal report in his letter, stating that “98% of the Gov. McAuliffe related donations to his wife came after the FBI launched the investigation.” Considering this, he wrote, “the FBI must provide a more detailed explanation as to why it determined that it was appropriate for Mr. McCabe to participate in that investigation in any way.”

H/T: Fox News


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