Gov. McAuliffe addresses FBI investigation, says 'there is no wrongdoing'

RAW: McAuliffe denies wrongdoing in donor probe

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he knows nothing about the FBI investigation of contributions to his campaign for governor three years ago.

"There is no wrongdoing," said McAuliffe at an event in Northern Virginia on Tuesday morning. "They had some questions about a donor."

At issue is a $120,000 donation from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, reports CNN. Wang is an entrepreneur worth billions of dollars who donated millions to the Clinton Global Initiative. Wang's company ships soybeans through Virginia ports, reports the Washington Post.

"My legal team fully vetted this individual," said McAuliffe. "He's been a green card holder since 2007, so we're very confident."

Contributions from foreign nationals are prohibited, but a spokesperson for Wang says he has permanent U.S. resident status and that his contributions were legal.

"I didn't bring the donor in," McAuliffe said Tuesday.

The governor also said that Wang has been "fully vetted" and is a member of the New York University board and a contributor to Harvard University.

"Every check that came into the campaign was vetted" by campaign lawyers, he said.


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