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BREAKING: McDonnells Indicted on 14 Counts; Potential for Decades in Jail, $1 Million in Fines

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The collapse of a once-promising political career continues.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted today by a federal grand jury on 14 counts stemming from the first couple’s acceptance and solicitation of thousands in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman during McDonnell’s term.

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Taken together, the charges, if they resulted in convictions and  maximum sentences, could produce fines in excess of $1 million and put the McDonnells behind bars for decades.

By the way, my article almost a year ago on how both Rod Blagojevich and Bob McDonnell were both corrupt, but at least Blagojevich did some good things for his state, seems more true today than ever.

UPDATE: @omeola of the Richmond Times Dispatch tweets, “Frmr Gov @bobMcDonnell sez “emphatically” that he “did nothing illegal” for Williams in exchange for what he thought was personal friendship.” Also, “McDonnell says he will use ‘every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations.'”

UPDATE #2: Here’s a link to the indictment. I’ve posted screen shots in the comments section of some of the most important pages.

UPDATE #3: Speaking of corrupt slimeballs, Speaker Bill “ALEC” Howell weighs in. (per tweet by @chelyendavis) as “‘very disappointed’ by news of McDonnell indictment, calls McD friend who ‘made mistakes in judgement’.”

UPDATE #4: Sen. Donald McEachin says, “Today is a sad day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If nothing else, this speaks to the urgent need for comprehensive ethics reform.”

UPDATE #5: I hear the word “sad” being thrown around a lot today. What’s really sad? I’d say first and foremost, that the McDonnells did what they are alleged to have done, betraying the trust that Virginians placed in them (and lying about it, minimizing it, excusing it, etc, etc.). Second, it’s sad (and anger inducing) that Virginia has such a pathetically lax system of legalized corruption, and that this system hasn’t been reformed from top to bottom by now. That’s what I’m really “sad”/angry about.

UPDATE #6: Josh Israel of ThinkProgress points out that “While this marks the first time the former Virginia Attorney General has been on the receiving end of a criminal indictment, this is not McDonnell’s first time under ethical fire: in 2005, he exploited a loophole to evade disclosure requirements, hiding corporate contributors to his AG campaign.”

  • Paradox13VA

    How important is it now that Mark Herring won the AG race?  

  • unstablefan

    Title 18.

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on McDonnell Indictment

    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to the news that Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are in receipt of federal indictments:

    “I am obviously troubled by the charges that federal prosecutors have made against Governor McDonnell and his wife Maureen and the message that this period in our history sends about how government in this Commonwealth is run.

    “As this case progresses, it is my sincerest hope that justice will be served and that Virginians get the answers to which they are entitled. As Governor, I will remain focused on leading this Commonwealth in a way that restores Virginians’ trust in government and honors their expectation of transparency and accountability.

    “I want to thank the many federal and state public safety officials who have worked on this case for their tireless and impartial efforts. Dorothy’s and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire McDonnell family. This is a sad day for Virginia, but I remain optimistic that we can work together to reform our system in order to prevent episodes like this from occurring ever again.”

  • True Blue

    Funny how conservatives react on blog, legalinsurrection, to news of indictment. They’re blaming Dems even though the links show evidence of false statements, etc.

  • 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.

  • Former Governor Indicted Today

    Just picked up the headline from the Richmond Times Dispatch.

    It’s a fourteen-count indictment against the Governor and his wife. I’m reading it right now. A few preliminary observations:

    1. Innocent until proven guilty.

    2. Getting a conviction is a lot harder than getting an indictment.

    3. There is significant evidence here of public corruption. That is why the grand jury approved the indictment. That alone is an embarrassment to all of us.

    4. The General Assembly did absolutely nothing to investigate this situation. Instead, it was the Governor’s chef who acted as the whistleblower. Shameful.

    5. Our current ethics laws are a joke. If we want people to take us seriously, we better put some teeth in them – and get it done this session.

    It’s been six months since I publicly called on the Governor to itemize his gifts from Johnnie Williams and return them – or step down. At that time, I was criticized for “grandstanding.” In retrospect, I stand by every word I said.

    As for our former Governor, I wish him all the best in the toughest time of his life. Now it’s up to a jury to make a determination on his future. The General Assembly didn’t have the guts to do it.

  • Jim B

    That gift list is stunning. How could all that stuff end up in your wardrobe without wondering where it came from? What is most damming is the obstruction charge. At that point they knew what they had done was not right.

  • It’s a sad day for the Commonwealth of Virginia that leaders of this state could so betray the public trust. Regardless of the outcome of these federal charges, the excessive gifts Bob and Maureen McDonnell solicited and accepted from Jonnie Williams were an inappropriate use of public office and a betrayal of the trust placed in them by Virginia families. Today’s charges underscore the need for leaders in the General Assembly to pass comprehensive ethics reform legislation and ensure that Virginia will never again endure this embarassment. As legislators consider potential reforms, they should prioritize strict gift limits, increased penalties, and stepped up enforcement. Virginia should be leading the country as a model of ethics, not last in the pack.

  • House Democratic Leader Del. David Toscano’s Statement on the Indictment of Governor McDonnell

    RICHMOND, VA – Delegate David J. Toscano, Democratic Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, issued the following statement in the wake of the federal indictments of former Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen.

    “This is a sad day for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the McDonnell family. While we often disagreed on policy, I enjoyed a positive working relationship with Bob McDonnell since I entered the House of Delegates in 2006. To be sure, these are serious charges, and the Governor and his wife have the right to defend themselves in a court of law. These unfortunate events reinforce how critically important it is for the General Assembly to pass a bipartisan ethics reform bill this year – a bill that has real teeth in it.”

  • kindler

    …that VA Republicans have, um, lost the moral high ground here?

  • McDonnell says:

    *He’s been “falsely and wrongfully accused”

    *His “public service wrongfully attacked”

    *”I have apologized for my poor judgement”

    *He states “emphatically” – “I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams”

    *He says he never promised or attempted to influence anyone to help Jonnie Williams

    *He says Star Scientific received nothing from the state – “not one penny”

    *He says the federal government’s case rests on “misguided legal theory” – US Supreme Court has rejected “this radical idea”…if applied across America, nearly every elected official would have to be charged

    *He charges that federal officials have decided to “stretch the law to its breaking point” in this case, in their “zeal” to indict him

    *He believes the facts and the law are clearly on his side.

    *He will fight as long as it takes against the “unjust overreach” of the federal government.

  • bruce roemmelt

    …perhaps he should have skipped the trans-vaginal ultrasound and gays are an abomination classes and listened to…

    Leviticus 19:11

    “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

    Proverbs 22:1

    A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

    Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

    Mark 8:36

    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

    Psalm 15:1-5

    A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

    Leviticus 25:39

    “If your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you shall not make him serve as a slave:

    Proverbs 20:23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord, and false scales are not good.

    Leviticus 23:22

    “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

    Luke 16:15

    And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

    Matthew 6:24

    “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

    Proverbs 13:23

    The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.

    Leviticus 19:10

    And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

    Psalm 24:3-4

    Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

  • JoeNunnally

    Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell are perfect examples of just how corrupt the Republican party are. They would make the perfect GOP ticket in 2016. If you’re looking for any more articles about McDonnell’s Indictment check this one out. http://www.thedemocratictruth….