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McAuliffe, Under Clinton-Connected FBI Investigation, Speaks To Convention

- July 26, 2016

Of Course, According To McAuliffe, Being Investigated By The FBI Is Just Part And Parcel Of Being In Politics

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) Is The Subject Of An FBI Investigation Dating Back To At Least Last Year Into Campaign Donations To His Gubernatorial Campaign. “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, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say. 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.” (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,” CNN, 5/23/16)

One Component Of The FBI Investigation Concerns The Time McAuliffe Spent On The Board Of The Clinton Global Initiative

The Investigation In Part Focuses On McAuliffe’s Role On The Board Of The Clinton Global Initiative. “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. There’s no allegation that the foundation did anything improper; the probe has focused on McAuliffe and the electoral campaign donations, the officials said.” (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,” CNN, 5/23/16)

Of Particular Interest Is A $120,000 Donation From Wang Wenliang, A Chinese Businessman

One Of The Donations To Gov. McAuliffe’s Campaign Being Scrutinized Is $120,000 From Wang Wenliang, A Chinese Businessman And Former Delegate To China’s National People’s Congress. “Among the McAuliffe donations that drew the interest of the investigators was $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, through his U.S. businesses. Wang was previously delegate to China's National People's Congress, the country's ceremonial legislature.” (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,” CNN, 5/23/16)

The U.S.-China Education Trust Identifies Wang As “Of The West Legend Corporation.” “In 2012, USCET partnered with the Moore School of Business' Governor Hodges Scholars Program at the University of South Carolina to provide travel grants to exceptional students. Mr. Wang Wenliang of the West Legend Corporation provided funds to support this initiative.” (“USCET Student Leaders Exchange,” U.S.-China Education Trust, Accessed 5/23/16)

  • West Legend Corp. Donated $70,000 To McAuliffe’s Gubernatorial Campaign And $50,000 To McAuliffe’s Inauguration. (Virginia Public Access Project, Accessed 5/23/16)
  • While U.S. Law Prohibited Donations From Foreign Nationals To Gov. McAuliffe’s Gubernatorial Campaign, Wenliang’s U.S. Permanent Resident Status Allowed Him To Donate. “U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal, state or local elections. Penalties for violations include fines and/or imprisonment. But Wang holds U.S. permanent resident status, according to a spokeswoman, which would make him a U.S. person under election law and eligible to donate to McAuliffe's campaign.” (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,”CNN, 5/23/16)

Caught Lying, McAuliffe Claimed That He Had Never Met Wang, But Surfaced Video Footage Suggests Otherwise

McAuliffe Stated That “He’d Never Even Met Wang And ‘Wouldn’t Know The Man If He Sat Next To Me.’” “The governor at first tried to downplay any connection, suggesting he’d never even met Wang and ‘wouldn’t know the man if he sat in the chair next to me.’” (“Virginia Gov’s Corruption Scandal Is The Newest Reek From Clinton Inc.,” New York Post, 5/26/16)

Despite Claiming That He Had Never Met Wenliang, Video Footage Shows McAuliffe Attending A Fundraiser At Clinton’s House With Wenliang. “Tracker video footage shows Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe attending a 2013 fundraiser at Hillary Clinton’s house with Chinese donor Wang Wenliang, whose donations to McAuliffe are now at the heart of an FBI investigation. McAuliffe initially told reporters that he does not think that he has ever met Wenliang.” (Patrick Howley, “Tracker Video Catches Terry McAuliffe Attending Dinner With Chinese Scandal Donor At Hillary’s House,” Breitbart, 5/26/16)

Then Again, According To McAuliffe, Being Investigated By The FBI Is Just Being In Politics

In An Interview With CNN, Virginia Governor McAuliffe Dismissed An FBI Investigation And Probe Into The Clinton Foundation As A Part Of Being In Politics. CNN’S ERIN BURNETT: “And one thing before we go, the federal investigation. Obviously you are in the midst of one right now over campaign contributions. One of the donations getting a lot of attention is one from a Chinese businessman, donated money to your campaign, also donated 2 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Which is a large and complex organization that is under a lot of scrutiny for whether there was an implicit quid pro quo in any way for a donation and favorable treatment for the then-Secretary of State. Are you concerned that that could be a problem for Hillary Clinton?” VIRGINIA GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE: “First of all the story is totally false. CNN was 100 percent wrong and they owe me an apology. This gentleman has never been under investigation, you’re reporting…” BURNETT: “This is the Chinese, Wen Weilang.” MCAULIFFE: “Your story was 100 percent wrong. And they actually came out the next day and said we aren’t looking at this gentleman, he has never been contacted about it nor have I. So, unfortunately for CNN you got your news reporting wrong. So just tell your news get your facts right before you report it.” BURNETT: “So, that’s your view on him, ok, but what about the Clinton Foundation…” MCAULFFE: “What do you mean him?” BURNETT: “The Clinton Foundation.” MCAULIFFE: “I don’t know anything about it.” BURNETT: “But are you concerned that it could become an issue for her?” MCAULIFFE: “I think they’ve had a lot of stories on the Clinton Foundation, they raise a tremendous amount of money. But let me tell you about the Clinton Foundation because I know it very well. I served on the board there. I’ve traveled with Bill Clinton all around the globe. I’ve been to Malawi, I’ve been to Ethiopia, and you look at what goes on with the women and the children he’s helping. This is a spectacular foundation. But listen, you’re in politics, they’re going to come after you, make these allegations.” ( CNN, 7/26/16)

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