CNN is reporting that Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit.
The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.
McAuliffe wasn’t notified by investigators that he is a target of the probe, according to the officials.
“The Governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it,” said Marc Elias, attorney for McAuliffe campaign, in a statement to CNN.
As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.
The connections to the Clinton foundation are more than just superficial: McAuliffe received donations of $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, through his U.S. businesses. Wang has also been a donor to the Clinton foundation, pledging $2 million, and is known to support other liberal and environmental causes.
This investigation is the second in a row to be conducted of sitting Virginia governors. In 2014, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of corruption charges related to $175,000 in loans and gifts he received from a donor and friend. The Supreme Court is weighing an appeal of the conviction.
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