President Donald Trump tweeted early on Tuesday that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe “got $700,000” from Hillary Clinton. It was at least the second time in less than a week that the president publicly made the allegation.
In a July 19 interview with The New York Times, Trump said, “We have a director of the FBI, acting, who received $700,000, whose wife received $700,000 from, essentially, Hillary Clinton. ’Cause it was through Terry. Which is Hillary Clinton.” Trump was referring to Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia governor.
Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has championed the accusation involving McCabe for months. The senator most recently mentioned it on July 12 during the confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, Trump’s pending nominee for FBI director. In his opening remarks at the hearing, Grassley described McCabe as “a man whose wife ran for Virginia state senate and accepted almost a million dollars from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s political machine.”
Are the allegations true? Did McCabe, who helped oversee the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server, receive money from Clinton or an ally of hers?
McCabe, who has worked at the FBI for two decades, was deputy director under James Comey. He oversaw all activities related to investigations and intelligence, both domestic and international, according to his official biography. After Trump fired Comey on May 9, McCabe became acting director of the bureau.
The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General is reviewing whether McCabe should have recused himself from the Clinton investigation because his wife, Jill McCabe, ran for Virginia state senate in 2015 and received money from groups with ties to Governor McAuliffe. The inspector general announced…