News of an investigation of Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe broke today after US officials were briefed by the FBI and the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, according to CNN.
The investigation is focused on donations to his gubernatorial campaign last year, one being a $120,000donation from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, through his US businesses. Wang, who previously was a delegate to China’s National People’s Congress, has also pledged up to $2 million for the Clinton Global Initiative, of which Governor McAuliffe was a board member. US election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to US elections, but Wang allegedly holds permanent resident status in the US.
Officials are keeping more details from being released, and neither the Governor’s camp or Wang and his companies have been contacted by the investigators about the probe. McAuliffe is the second consecutive Virginia governor to be investigated by the FBI and Justice Department.