Eye of beholder sees what may be

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not the only politicians in the news. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has joined them as the FBI conducts an investigation of funds given to a state Senate candidate, married to a top FBI official and his dealings with a Chinese businessman.

Where there’s smoke, there’s bound to be fire. The appearance of questionable actions raise questions in many circles, but the writer of the story knows, or should know.

The appearance of suspicious activities – such as Bill Clinton’s visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and McAuliffe photographed with Willie Nelson with marijuana on the table – can lead to the conclusions that what you see can be defined in many different ways.

The appearance, of course, is not all there is. Go to news releases, printed word, videos, TV news reports and words from witnesses and participants. Then comes rebuttals and explanations.

Virginians remember the federal investigation into former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife and the results.

This story has several tentacles it could take, leaving more questions than answers.

McAuliffe’s PAC, Common Good VA, gave two candidates more than $1.5 million and Jill McCabe, wife of the FBI official, $465,700 for her run for the state Senate. One of these candidates won, while two lost, as McAuliffe and Democrats sought to gain control of the Senate.

McAuliffe has denied any wrongdoing in the investigation, that links Hillary Clinton, the FBI, email investigation, no charges and himself, a close ally to the Clintons.

The verdict is out there somewhere.

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