Virginia State Police on Wednesday received approval from a grand jury to investigate a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign team in that state, according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The police investigation is in addition to a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that is already underway.
The investigation of Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones is related to allegations that the city's director of public works oversaw a construction project for Jones' church on city time.
A spokesman for Jones, Tammy Hawley, said the mayor was glad to hear news of the investigation. "We welcome this action," Hawley said, adding that it was a "review we've asked for." State police and the FBI declined to comment.
It remains to be seen whether Clinton will remove Jones from her state "Leadership Council," to which he was appointed last year, or assume a more understanding posture towards his legal travails, which are similar to her own. Clinton is also under investigation by the FBI for her use of a personal email server as secretary of state, and experts have speculated that a grand jury investigation is also likely.
If Clinton does decide to remove Jones, it will be the second member of her Virginia leadership team to be terminated in a matter of months. Roanoke Mayor David Bowers was removed in November over comments he made regarding Japanese internment during World War II.