Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday said the Department of Justice should be held to a higher standard, two days after reports surfaced of a federal probe into campaign donations to his 2013 gubernatorial run.
"It is very unfortunate that our institutions of integrity, like Justice and the FBI, would leak information. They should be held to a higher standard. But listen, you live in this world, you're in politics, these things happen," McAuliffe said on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" segment.
"It's unfortunate that you get these leaks out at Justice."
Reports surfaced on Monday that the FBI and the Justice Department's public integrity unit are looking into campaign contributions to McAuliffe three years ago.
Among other things, they are investigating $120,000 in donations from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang. Foreign nationals are not allowed to donate to an American campaign unless they have a green card.
McAuliffe said on the radio show that the man was "fully vetted."
"This poor man is now dragged through the mud because of a leak from, I don't know, Justice or FBI to CNN, which to me is — I think they were sold a bag of goods," he said.
The governor continued to defend himself, saying he did nothing wrong.
"They can look at anything they want," he said.
"I had my lawyer reach out to the Justice Department and ask if they had any indication of any wrongdoing on my part, and the answer was no."