Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is under investigation by the Office of U.S. Counsel for violating the Hatch Act. This is according to a new report by Circa News.
At this point you may be wondering what the Hatch Act is. We’ve got you covered. It prohibits FBI agents from campaigning in partisan races. Photos of McCabe campaigning with his wife surfaced, which raised questions about whether or not McCabe was in compliance with the law.
Per Circa News:
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is being investigated by the Office of U.S. Special Counsel for violating The Hatch Act that prohibits FBI agents from campaigning in partisan races.
The Office of U.S. Special Counsel, the government’s main whistleblower agency, is investigating whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s activities supporting his wife Jill’s Democratic campaign for Virginia state senate in 2015 violated the Hatch Act’s prohibition against FBI agents campaigning in partisan races.
The Hatch Act prohibits FBI employees from engaging “in political activity in concert with a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group.”
It defines prohibited political activity as “any activity directed at the success or failure of a partisan group or candidate in a partisan election.”
It’s been previously reported that McCabe had ties to the losing Hillary Clinton campaign. Per Newsweek:
Concerns came after revelations by media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, that a political action committee affiliated with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who has ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, contributed almost $500,000 to the 2015 Virginia state Senate campaign of McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe. (She lost the election.) She also received $207,788 from the Virginia Democratic Party, which is connected to McAuliffe, a Democrat.
Dick Black, a Virginia State Senator, suggested that McCabe may have broken the law in a tweet. Black was pointing out that FBI members are unable to campaign on social media.
— Senator Dick Black (@SenRichardBlack) May 9, 2017