FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the subject of scrutiny last year when it was revealed that his wife received campaign money from one of Hillary Clinton’s close political allies, but a new Freedom of Information Act request reveals that he wasn’t just hiding those contributions from the public – he was hiding them from the FBI.
The records reveal that McCabe did not include any information about his wife, Jill McCabe’s salary on financial disclosure forms required by the federal government. Nor did he mention the campaign funds she raised in her bid to win a Virginia state Senate seat in 2015. This, despite there being a spot on the forms for just such disclosures.
It is his wife’s campaign donations that are particularly troubling. Newspapers at the time she was running revealed that she was pushed to jump into the race by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat with deep ties to the Clinton family. All of this happened to occur only a short time after Hillary’s email server escapades became front page news for the first time.
From Fox News:
For the reporting period of October through November 2015, McCabe’s campaign filings show she received $467,500 from Common Good VA, a political action committee controlled by McAuliffe, as well as an additional $292,500 from a second Democratic PAC.
Asked why the deputy director did not list his wife’s salary or the campaign contributions on the “Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report” (OGE Form 278e) for 2015, an FBI spokesman said the forms were certified as “in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.” The spokesman added Office of Government Ethics regulations do not stipulate that a spouse’s salary or contributions received by a spouse’s political campaign must be declared.
The Justice Department has not yet satisfied Republican inquiries into McCabe’s glaring conflicts of interest, but these forms may put pressure on the FBI to start talking in a more substantial way about that investigation. There are still serious questions about how Hillary’s exoneration was handled, and the McCabe part of it is one of them.
It was clear to everyone with eyes that Clinton escaped justice. The political pressure to take her down may be gone, but we still deserve to know the truth about this bizarre story.