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Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell seen with Jonnie Wililams Sr.

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.


  • manalishi

    Wow, this makes obamas 4millon $ vacation look,,,,well, nevermind. And mooooocheles extened vacation oprahs??? Quid pro quo.

  • Glen Allen

    Bob McDonnell is (for the time being anyway) a Lawyer, and was well aware of the law, and the intent of the law, when he broke it. Of course Mr. Williams (or JW as referred to in the Indictment) was expecting “special” treatment when he gave the lavish gifts, and I suspect he will swear to it in court.

    Outside of this issue, Bob McDonnell was a good Governor, and was good for the Commonwealth of Virginia, but that does not excuse him from abiding the law.

    His political career is over, he will likely lose his privilege to practice law, and he should be required to pay the tax payers back for the legal fees we paid defending him. More than likely he will claim bankruptcy, lose his lavish home, and 2 Virginia Beach rental properties.

    Hopefully the above is enough, and the Feds will not drag this out in court forever costing us even more.

  • athynz

    And yet it’s fine for Michelle Obama to have a lavish birthday party thrown by Oprah. What exactly is the difference between that and Mrs. McDonnell getting gifts or their daughter getting some cash to help pay for a wedding? How can you liberal progressive not see the parallels?

  • Rosa Johnson

    because Miss Winfrey has not been given any special appointments or TV breaks or interviews or anything in exchange for being their friend. Mr. President has not passed any laws or made any national events specifically to help Harpo, Own Net work etc. Do you get it now?

    • athynz

      Nor did anyone get any special treatment by the McDonnells nor were special laws passed to help Star Scientific. Besides it’s NOT the “special appointments” but the acceptance of the gifts that is the issue here. Do you get it now?

  • Carolyn Rector

    I don’t know what to believe! I don’t believe the newspapers or the media. I am an American and I am not proud of my State or Federal government at this moment in time. I want my country back! Dissapointed.

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