Former Virginia Governor Robert “Bob” McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted on federal corruption charges involving gifts.
Both have were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud; three counts of honest-services wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right; six counts of obtaining property under color of official right; and one count of making false statements to a federal credit union.
Robert McDonnell is also charged with making a false statement to a financial institution. Maureen McDonnell is charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.
The former governor addressed the charges in this statement released Tuesday:
“My fellow Virginians, earlier today federal prosecutors notified my attorneys that they have filed criminal charges against me and my wife Maureen, alleging that we violated federal law by accepting gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of Star Scientific. I deeply regret accepting legal gifts and loans from Mr. Williams, all of which have been repaid with interest, and I have apologized for my poor judgment for which I take full responsibility. However, I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship. I never promised – and Mr. Williams and his company never received – any government benefit of any kind from me or my Administration. We did not violate the law, and I will use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations, and to prevail against this unjust overreach of the federal government.”
McDonnell’s attorney William Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP also released the following statement:
“Maureen McDonnell is innocent. The Department of Justice has overreached to bring these charges. Thankfully, however, the Department is not the sole arbiter in our justice system, which ultimately is not ruled by the unfounded suspicions of prosecutors but rather the law and the facts as decided by the judge and the jury.”
Both are due in court on Friday at 10 a.m.
- For a full copy of the indictment, click here.
- See also: Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted