Jill McCabe, the wife of fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, told her side of the story in a column for The Washington Post on Monday.
She said that the attacks on her and her husband's integrity by President Donald Trump and his allies "could not be further from the truth."
McCabe explained that she is telling her version of events now, because "for the past year and a half of this nightmare, I have not been free to speak out about what happened," but "now that Andrew has been fired, I am."
Andrew McCabe was fired one day before he was to retire based on a forthcoming Justice Department Inspector General's Office report, which recommended that he be removed because he made an unauthorized disclosure to the media and "lacked candor under oath," according to Vox.
Jill McCabe wrote that she decided to run for state Senate in Virginia, because from her work as a pediatrician "in a hospital emergency room in Virginia, I saw the impact of how government decisions hurt my patients, especially when the state decided not to accept the federal government's funding to expand Medicaid."
But before throwing her hat into the ring, her husband "consulted with the ethics experts at the FBI and committed to follow their advice. We tried to go even beyond what the rules required — Andrew kept himself separate from my campaign. When the kids and I went door-knocking, he did not participate; he wouldn't even drive us. He could have attended one of my fundraisers but never did."
She explained that her "campaign received funding from the state Democratic Party and the governor's PAC — on par with what other candidates in competitive races on both sides of the aisle received. All those contributions were publicly reported."
However, she ended up losing the election in November 2015.
She said a year later, a reporter called her in October 2016, asking questions about contributions to her campaign and whether there had been any influence on Andrew's decisions at the FBI.
She stressed that this accusation makes no sense, because her husband's "involvement in the Clinton investigation came not only after the contributions were made to my campaign but also after the race was over.
"Since that news report, there have been thousands more, repeating the false allegation that there was some connection between my campaign and my husband's role at the FBI."
She said the president is making such destructive lies about her as part of "an effort to vilify us to suit their needs."
Her column comes just a little over a week after her husband wrote his own piece in The Washington Post defending himself.
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