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McAuliffe: No Plans To Vet 2013 Campaign Contributions

Kerry Picket Political Reporter

WASHINGTON — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is facing an FBI investigation into alleged campaign finance violations, has no plans to review the 2013 campaign donations for potentially illegally contributions.

McAuliffe was on Capitol Hill Tuesday night meeting with the Virginia congressional delegation, one day after CNN reported the FBI has been investigating him for at least a year. The probe is reportedly examining McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a charity set up by former President Bill Clinton.

Investigators have reportedly been interested in McAuliffe’s relationship with Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang, who contributed $120,000 to McAuliffe’s campaign via his American businesses and previously served as a delegate to the China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s ceremonial legislature.

“This was an allegation of a gentleman who gave a check to my campaign,” McAuliffe told CNN. “I didn’t bring the donor in. I didn’t bring him into the Clinton Foundation. I’m not sure if I’ve even met the person, to be honest with you.”

He later said Tuesday night, “This gentlemen, I can tell you, had been fully vetted. If there are other issues, we don’t know about it, but he had a green card since 2007,” McAuliffe said of Wang.

McAuliffe maintained he did nothing wrong Monday evening and does not see the necessity to vet his other 2013 campaign donations.

“We’re not doing anything, because we did it during the process. We spent a lot of money on research operation and our legal team during the campaign. I mean, obviously, all the checks were vetted and people looked at all the checks,” said McAuliffe. “If there was something nefarious there, I think that would have come out in the middle of the campaign.”

McAuliffe would not say if he spoke to Hillary Clinton or her campaign since he found out about the FBI investigation on Monday and told The Daily Caller he has no involvement in her campaign this year whatsoever.

“The thing I do everyday that I kind of think would be the most helpful to Hillary Clinton is be a successful governor,” he said, boasting about his record. “I’m governor now. I’m not her campaign chairman anymore. I am the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia and that’s what I spend my time doing.”

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