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NOLAN FINLEY

Editor’s Note: Clinton crew fuels ‘rigged’ claims

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

It would be easier to convince supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that this election was playing out on the level if Democrats would stop fueling their paranoia.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and close ally of the Clintons, steered $467,500 in PAC donations to the wife of the senior FBI official who was overseeing the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The money went to Virginia state senate candidate Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI. Dr. McCabe lost her bid. Why the FBI allowed the husband of a Democratic office seeker to play a role in the investigation of the Democratic presidential nominee is unclear. It seems particularly foolish given the bureau knew it would come under attack no matter how the probe turned out.

Clinton was not charged by the FBI after an investigation riddled with irregularities, including failure to put Clinton under oath when questioning her and making no transcript of that interview.

Add the McAuliffe revelation to the video tapes from last week that appear to show Clinton campaign workers admitting to recruiting the mentally ill to disrupt Trump rallies, registering noncitizens to vote and busing voters across state lines.

Belief that the election is rigged has reached near a fanatical level among some in the Trump camp, who feel there is no other explanation for why he’s trailing. But their suspicions aren’t drawn from thin air. They’re fed by the reality that Clinton backers keep doing so many suspicious things.