McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin fired back at Cuccinelli, who has faced scrutiny for accepting gifts from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the Star Scientific chief executive whose activities have spawned multiple investigations.
“The investigation does not involve Terry and we hope that it is completed in a timely matter,” Schwerin said. “Cuccinelli’s attacks are an attempt to distract from his ties to the Star Scientific scandal.”
DHS officials declined to comment, and the agency’s inspector general did not respond to requests Tuesday. An e-mail sent by the department to Senate staffers Monday said the inquiry into the EB-5 program had not determined “any findings of criminal misconduct.”
Officials for Gulf Coast and GreenTech said they were unaware of the inspector general’s investigation.
Gulf Coast general counsel Simone Williams said in an interview Tuesday that there were widespread complaints about “huge delays” in the EB-5 program, and said the company “abides by all regulations” in seeking visas.
GreenTech executive Marianne McInerney said in a statement that the company “has not been contacted” by the inspector general’s office and has not contacted immigration officials.
“GTA participates in the EB-5 program as only one part of our business plan,” McInerney said, adding that the program “has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress for more than 20 years and has been an important driver in U.S. job creation.”
Gulf Coast has federal approval to be a “regional center” managing all EB-5 investments in Mississippi and Louisiana. The firm is headquartered in the same Tysons Corner complex that houses GreenTech’s corporate offices, and GreenTech is the only company mentioned on the “Portfolio Companies” section of the investment firm’s Web site.
In addition to Rodham as president and chief executive, Gulf Coast’s board includes Margaret Richardson, an Internal Revenue Service commissioner during the Clinton administration, and Kathleen Blanco, former Democratic governor of Louisiana.
As a U.S. attorney in California during the Clinton administration, Mayorkas came under fire for seeking a change in punishment for a drug dealer who was the son of a Democratic donor. Hugh Rodham, another brother of Hillary Clinton, was hired to lobby for commutation.