Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of the Clintons, donated about $500,000 to the wife of an FBI agent named Andrew McCabe who was involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails. McAuliffe's financial contribution was made in order to boost Jill McCabe's State Senate campaign. On Fox News Tuesday morning, Clinton supporter Joyce Beatty claims this donation was well within the campaign ethics rules. Yet, others (many others) argue it is a shameful conflict of interest, raising serious questions as to whether McAuliffe's campaign contribution influenced McCabe's having a larger role in the FBI investigation that ultimately exonerated Clinton.
Donald Trump seems to know the answer. Speaking with Fox News on Tuesday, he said it was a "disgrace" Clinton did not get indicted in the FBI scandal and suggested her ally's close connection with the agents explains why.
They gave money at "a huge clip" to the agent's wife, he said. "That's a criminal act."
Trump said this scandal proves Clinton is held to a higher standard than other Americans. "Look what they did to Gen. James Cartwright," Trump argued. Cartwright, a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, was found guilty of providing classified information to reporters and may face up to five years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.
A Washington Post reporter said the whole thing "reeks of political considerations."