Virginia gov seeks to distance federal probe, Clinton family ties
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday sought to distance a federal investigation into his campaign contributions from his ties to the Clinton family.


“There are no wrongdoing allegations that have been made,” McAuliffe told reporters at the State Arboretum of Virginia in his first public comments since news of the investigation broke.

“If you read the story yesterday, they have some questions about a donor — my legal team fully vetted this individual; he’s been a green card holder since 2007, so we’re very confident.”

CNN reported Monday that both the FBI and the Justice Department’s public integrity unit's investigation focuses on about $120,000 in campaign donations to his 2013 gubernatorial campaign from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang. Foreign nationals cannot donate to political campaigns inside America, but green card holders can.

Officials are also reportedly investigating McAuliffe’s role on the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDemocrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency House Democrats risk overriding fairness factor on impeachment MORE’s charitable organization.

McAuliffe brushed off a question about the investigation’s connection to the Clinton Global Initiative. The governor, a longtime friend of the Clintons and the chairman of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill Stein: 'I am not a Russian spy' Trump criticizes Clinton for suggesting Jill Stein was Russian asset Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' MORE’s 2008 presidential campaign, served on the board of the Initiative. A Washington Post report from last year found that 120 donors who gave to Clinton charities gave more than $13 million to McAuliffe’s election efforts in 2013.

“This has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation. This was an allegation of a gentlemen who gave a check to my campaign,” McAuliffe said.

“I didn’t bring the donor in; I didn’t bring him into the Clinton Foundation; I don’t even know if I’ve ever met the person.”

When pressed on his relationship with Bill Clinton, McAuliffe praised the former president’s charitable work and noted that “we travel the same circles.”

“I’ve traveled the globe with President Clinton, and we have a lot of the same friends,” he said. “Those who give to the Clinton Foundation have been friends of mine for years and years.”