(RICHMOND, Va.) — Federal authorities have been looking into whether donations made to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign to become governor may have violated federal law, a source with knowledge of the probe told ABC News.
The probe could very well turn up no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the source said.
According to an attorney for the Democratic governor’s campaign, McAuliffe has not been told he is under FBI investigation, and neither he nor the campaign know anything about the matter.
Nevertheless, as part of the FBI’s review, agents have looked at McAuliffe’s time associated with the Clinton Global Initiative and contributions to his 2013 campaign from foreign nationals such as Wang Wenliang, a prominent Chinese businessman who reportedly donated $120,000 to McAuliffe’s campaign, the source said.
“[C]ontributions to the campaign from Mr. Wang were completely lawful,” McAuliffe campaign attorney Marc Elias said in a statement to ABC News. “The Governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it.”
An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on news of the probe, which was first reported by CNN.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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