McAuliffe "in shock" over investigation


The governor is subject of an ongoing probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecutors from the public integrity unit of the Justice Department, CNN reported, citing unnamed US officials it said were briefed on the probe.

The investigation dates back at least a year and seeks to determine whether donations made to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law. "USA election law prohibits foreign nationals to donate to political races".

"I've met people in his company". "As a matter of policy, the department generally neither confirms nor denies whether a matter is under investigation", the department said. If you read the story yesterday they've got some questions about a donor.

Federal officials say the FBI has been looking at whether his campaign accepted political contributions that were forbidden by federal law.

Cooper told The Associated Press that federal officials said they have found no evidence McAuliffe engaged in such lobbying.

The investigation has ties to the Clinton Global Initiative set up by the former president, of which McAuliffe was a board member.

"Here you have a democratic justice department investigating a democratic governor", he said.

CNN stated that McAuliffe is the second Virginia official to be investigated for these charges.

Sources familiar with the investigation confirmed to Fox News on Monday that investigators are probing whether the governor's 2013 campaign accepted illegal contributions.

The FBI probe could continue the public perception of secrecy surrounding her campaign.

"There is no allegation of wrongdoing", Mr. McAuliffe said.

Asked Tuesday by reporters in Boyce, Virginia about CNN's report on the probe, McAuliffe said his reaction was, "Shock".

The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment. He and his wife, current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, are longtime friends of McAuliffe who was instrumental in raising funds for the Clintons' respective campaigns.

CNN said that one donor who caught the attention of investigators was Chinese billionaire Wang Wenliang who contributed $120,000. McDonnell is now appealing the case in the Supreme Court, and during oral arguments earlier this year the justices reportedly sounded sympathetic to his assertion that those sorts of gifts are a routine part of United States politics. Agencies that got lobbied included the State Department, for 'Selected Visas for visitors to USA,' according to Senate lobbying records.

McAuliffe's global business connections also came under scrutiny prior to his gubernatorial campaign.

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