Corruption trial for Bob McDonnell begins
July 28th, 2014
11:39 AM ET
3 months ago

Corruption trial for Bob McDonnell begins

(CNN) – Jury selection was set to start on Monday in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is charged along with his wife of improperly accepting gifts from a businessman while in office in exchange for promoting his company.

McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party with potential presidential ambitions, and his wife, Maureen, entered the federal courthouse in Richmond for the trial that is expected to last several weeks.

The pair has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of fraud, making false statements, and obstruction. They were indicted in January after McDonnell left office. Virginia governors cannot serve consecutive terms.

The McDonnells are accused of accepting gifts with a combined value of $140,000 at minimum from nutritional supplement executive, Jonnie Williams, in exchange for promoting his company using the power and the trappings of the governor's office.

The gifts included designer clothes, a Rolex watch, golf clubs, iPhones and a painting, according to a list of items included in the indictment.

At the time of the indictment, McDonnell admitted using poor judgment but said he didn't commit any crime.

"I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship," he said following the indictment.

At least 25 former staff members have been subpoenaed from both the prosecution and the defense, the Washington Post reported.

The list of witnesses is also set to include the head of the governor's state police protection detail, Maureen McDonnell's manicurist, and 14 researchers and administrators at the University of Virginia, according to the Post. All five of the family's grown children may also be asked to take the stand.

The McDonnells lost their bid for separate trials.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I can't believe I'm seeing this story on this site. Prior to the 2012 election any mention of this was blocked by the mods. I had to Google it to find out the real story.

    A once rising star in the GOP.... Who will arise again. They always do.

    And the dems dropped AW for a selfie..... Cowards.

    July 28, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    Another crooked republicant up on charges for fleecing the rubes who were dumb enough to vote for him
    Yawn.... we have ALL seen this time and time again. When he gets out of prison the same rubes will want to elect him king.

    July 28, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Doesn't Obama know that IOKIYAR?

    July 28, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    You gotta this guy. He gives most all of it back, and he figures "I'm innocent now," and expected to walk away scot-free.

    July 28, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. with a grain of salt

    A truly patriotic, compassionate, honest couple, the best money could buy!

    July 28, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    He's scary looking.

    July 28, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. salty dog

    Hey just asking, Donna, why so silent, don't you hate corruption, you guys are like little kids, SMH. Hurry up and proclaim him innocent, another democrat witch hunt, its no wonder, they can't recognize a real scandal when its right there, no motivation. Sad, sad bunch that. is

    July 28, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up!
    A once rising star in the GOP.... Who will arise again. They always do.

    And the dems dropped AW for a selfie..... Cowards.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Correct.
    I got a giggle out of yolanda suggesting this morning that the FLOTUS should be encouraging "everyone" to vote in this critical November election, because she is "everyone's" FLOTUS not just the Dems.
    You can't make these people up!
    They are the first to point out how Michelle wasn't elected to anything, that means that MIchelle has the right to tout her Party as EVERY FLOTUS prior to her always has.
    But no, they probably want MIchelle to fundraise for Rethugs as well.

    July 28, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I live in the DMV and I saw this in the news this morning
    I understand that his wife won't be testifying...
    I do so admire the Republican's ability to circle the wagons.
    The Dems should take that page form their play book, been saying that for 6 1/2 years.

    July 28, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 28, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm
    Wake Up!
    A once rising star in the GOP…. Who will arise again. They always do.

    And the dems dropped AW for a selfie….. Cowards.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    Correct.
    I got a giggle out of yolanda suggesting this morning that the FLOTUS should be encouraging “everyone” to vote in this critical November election, because she is “everyone’s” FLOTUS not just the Dems.
    You can’t make these people up!
    They are the first to point out how Michelle wasn’t elected to anything, that means that MIchelle has the right to tout her Party as EVERY FLOTUS prior to her always has.
    But no, they probably want MIchelle to fundraise for Rethugs as well.

    I tried responding to her but of course I was zapped. I think she might need to talk to those calling the POTUS & FLOTUS names, saying he isn't their POTUS.

    The funniest thing is she and her minions continue to knock this POTUS & FLOTUS for doing the very same things every other has done and every other will do.

    It's like those that talk about the FLOTUS' mother living in the WH. But those same people would be fine if Mitt had won and his hundred grand kids and Rafalca could prance all over the WH with nothing said by anyone.

    July 28, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    GOP GOVENORS have more corruption then any third world dictator EVER HAD. Walker , Scott , Christi, jindal and that duke energy goof from West Virginia and the Carolinas. VOTE THESE GOP BUMS OUT in November !!!!

    July 28, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. just asking

    hey salty dog and lefties.... whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? let's see what a jury says before convicting people in the press? sounds like you arte no willing to give the illegal country invaders from central america more due process than you give american citizens. or is it only conservatives american citizens that you don't think have due process rights?

    July 28, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Chris..E.al

    He should just change to the dem party if he.s guilty that way he will always be loved and feel like good company as well .

    July 28, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good riddance to bad garbage...

    July 28, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up!
    The funniest thing is she and her minions continue to knock this POTUS & FLOTUS for doing the very same things every other has done and every other will do.

    It's like those that talk about the FLOTUS' mother living in the WH. But those same people would be fine if Mitt had won and his hundred grand kids and Rafalca could prance all over the WH with nothing said by anyone
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    Correct which is why it is so important to consider the source of the post and then give the comment the importance it deserves, if any.

    July 28, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein

    It really makes you wonder what he thought that he was doing. I don't see why they thought that it wouldn't be a problem. Any time there is a questionable action, then there is going to be a problem.

    July 28, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. yolanda

    Let's see how aggressively CNN covers the Cuomo anti-corruption commission debacle. Since "Bridgegate" was worthy of weeks of media attention, let's see how interested the media is about this fiasco.

    July 28, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Let's not forget, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey .

    July 28, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So if a bank robber gets caught with the money before he spends it, and gives it back, is there no crime? Maybe if he's Rebuplican...

    July 28, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship," he said following the indictment"

    Well, okay. Let the trial begin and see where the chips fall.

    @ Dominican mama: how was your Saturday vacation?

    July 28, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. sifto77

    Where are cuomo and wrangle?

    July 28, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Bill

    The pious always fall the hardest. I hope he does time on the rock.

    July 28, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. smith

    Another corrupt politician..smh

    July 28, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Chris..E.al

    He should just change to the dem party if he.s guilty that way he will always be loved and feel like good company as well
    ---------------------
    Why would he want to do something as stupid as joining the Democratic Party? He wouldn't be able to be elected dog catcher. If he stays a Republican, then he knows that he at least stands a better chance of being elected to something.

    July 28, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Corruption. The [R] party. Sun rising in the East. **...yawn......

    July 28, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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