RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Less than two weeks after leaving the governor’s mansion in Richmond, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife have been indicted in connection to their relationship with political donor Jonnie Williams Sr., who was until recently the CEO of Star Scientific.
The former governor and First Lady Maureen McDonnell were indicted on a combined 14 counts including Honest-Services Wire Fraud, Obtaining Property under Color of Official Right, making False Statement, and Obstruction of Official Proceedings.
The indictment chronicles the McDonnell’s financial state and their first meeting with Williams (JW in tweets) in 2009, at the Four Season’s hotel. A timeline is created that notes the financial amounts that were discussed or exchanged and times when the McDonnells’ promoted the supplement Anatabloc. The timelines also includes the purchase, selling and the re-purchasing of stock around the times of required annual reporting of investments.
It is a 43-page document that you can read here: McDonnells’ Indictment. And below are the highlighted parts, tweeted.
McDonnell has continually maintained his innocence and in a press conference Tuesday said that he “never promised — and Mr. Williams and his company — never received any government benefit from any kind from me or my administration.”
He also stated that the feds have “decided to stretch the law to the breaking point in this case,” and that their case “rests entirely on a misguided legal theory.”
His remarks are here in their entirety: Text of Bob McDonnell’s remarks after indictment.
The McDonnells’ will be in court Friday, Jan. 24.