As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.A Chinese national, Wang Wenliang, contributed $120,000 to McAuliffe's campaign. Foreigners are barred by law federal law from contributing to campaign funds. Wenliang also contributed $2 million to the Clinton family slush fund, formerly known as Clinton Foundation.
There's no allegation that the foundation did anything improper; the probe has focused on McAuliffe and the electoral campaign donations, the officials said.
Spokespeople for the Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, McAuliffe said he was "shocked" by the investigation and that it "has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation."
McAuliffe, a chief fundraiser for Bill Clinton in the 1990s, "personally secured the loan" for the Clinton family mansion in Chappaqua, New York.
Last month McAulliffe issued an executive order allowing 200,000 Virginia felons to vote in this fall's election--presumably, for Hillary Clinton.