Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on Monday, and at Democrats who he claims corrupted the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's classified email scandal.
A PAC controlled by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton's most consistent backers, donated $467,500 to the Virginia state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe. Her husband is FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who runs the Washington Field Office – the subagency in charge of investigating Clinton.
The Virginia Democratic Party, normally at McAuliffe's beck and call, also donated $208,000,
Trump said in St. Augustine, Florida that the 'rigged' process was predestined to clear Clinton – despite the appearance that she violated federal espionage laws by hosting classified documents on an unsecured basement email server.
'She never had a chance of being convicted!' he blared.
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Attack: 'The man that was investigating her – from the FBI – his wife runs for office and they give her more than $675,000 to run,' Trump told supporters in St Augustine, Florida
Virginia Governor Terry McAulifee, who spoke at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, had his PAC donate $500,000 to a state senate candidate whose husband, Andrew McAbe, is now the number two official at the FBI
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Trump called the news a 'shocking' revelation 'about how the Clinton campaign has corrupted our government.'
'The man that was investigating her – from the FBI – his wife runs for office and they give her more than $675,000 to run. And it just came out. They just figured it out,' Trump said as boos and shouts of 'Lock her up!' echoed through the St. Augustine Amphitheater.
'We've never had a thing like this in the history of this country,' he said. 'It's absolutely disgraceful. It's absolutely terrible.'
Trump hinted that he sees the financial transactions as a pair of smoking guns that explain how Clinton was able to escape prosecution and an embarrassing earlky exit from the presidential race.
'It's unbelievable how Hillary Clinton got away with the email lie, the email scam, the email corruption,' he said, shaking his head. 'But now at least we have a pretty good idea.'
Trump made one claim that leaps ahead of what news reports have outlined, claiming that his Democratic opponent was aware the money was being contributed to support the political aspirations of her main inquisitor's spouse.
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'Yet another crime. One of so many, and she has to be held accountable because she knew that money, $675,000-plus, was being paid,' he charged. 'So how is she to run for president? How is she allowed?'
Trump blamed the press corps for taking so long to root out the story, which broke in The Wall Street Journal.
'These thieves and crooks, the media ... they're the most crooked. They're almost as crooked as Hilary,' he shouted.
'Without the dishonesty and the deceit of the media, Hillary Clinton would be nothing. Nothing.'
Dr. Jill McCabe didn't win her race for the state Senate, but got a big assist from Governor Terry McAuliffe, whose PAC kicked in $500,000
McAuliffe, the Virginia governor, is one of Bill and Hillary Clinton's closest backers, a former Bill Clinton fundraising chairman and a onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Both Clintons backed McAuliffe in his campaign to capture the governorship.
In a statement posted Sunday night, the FBI said McCabe 'played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton's emails.'
According to a further statement Monday: 'When Jill McCabe first considered running for the state Senate seat, ADIC McCabe consulted with top FBI headquarters and field office ethics officers for guidance, including briefings on the Hatch Act, to prevent against any actual or potential conflict-of-interest, in the event she decided to go forward.'
According to the bureau 'When she chose to run, ADIC McCabe and FBI lawyers implemented a system of recusal from all FBI investigative matters involving Virginia politics, a process followed for the remainder of her campaign.'
Andrew McCabe rose to become deputy director of the FBI. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a key ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, had a PAC donate $500,000 to McCabe's wife's state Senate campaign. McCabe was promoted following to the bureau's director, James Comey's (right) decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton
Jill McCabe supported that version of events.
'Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children,' she told The Wall Street Journal.
'As a federal official ... everyone who participated in our campaign understood and respected that he could not participate.'
A McAuliffe spokesperson told the Journal that he could recall meeting with the McCabes only once, on March 7, 2015, when he urged Jill McCabe to run for office.