McDonnells plan to ask for dismissal of federal charges

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — New documents are revealing more about former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, and their plan for their approaching trial.

According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, the McDonnells plan to file a motion to dismiss the indictment they were served last month.

The former governor and his wife were indicted in connection to their relationship with political donor Jonnie Williams Sr. of Star Scientific. Last month the McDonnells entered not guilty pleas to federal charges that they accepted illegal gifts while in office.

Dozens of motions have been filed within the last week, and some of them revealed more about the possible means of defense the McDonnells plan to use in court, including referencing activities of other former governors, and potentially implicating former staffers.

Stay with CBS 6 for more on this developing story.

5 comments

  • PCStench

    Continually, required, incessant seeding, watering, and Fertilizing the intended crop for the intended response.
    Attack Republicans!!!
    Cover, Hide, protect, propagandize, herald, and sponsor
    DEMOCRATIC GIFT GATE of Dwight Jones, City Council,
    and their Uber-Rich Positively Richmond Who’s Who Donor Friends!!
    Fair, Equal, Unbiased, Objective, Detached….
    Media Sponsored Government Contradictions to 100% positively
    PCorrect-Mess of Democratic Government/Media “Ethics”.

  • PCStench

    I’ll see your McDonnell and raise you an “Investigated” McAuliffe,
    and “should be investigated” Kaine & Warner, as a Contrast.
    Protected Democratic Governance/Media, Inc. of Hypocrisy!
    “Ethics” my patootie. Contradictions/LIES/Cover Ups/Sponsors.

    • athynz

      NO democrat will ever be truly investigated for their crimes like McDonnell was for his issue – and I say issue and not crime because what he did was not illegal according to state law which in cases like this should trump Federal law.

  • athynz

    It should be dismissed. A Federal lawsuit is ridiculous when it was a state level issue – one that was not illegal according to state law – and not a Federal level issue. Sorry tot hose who want to see McDonnell hang for this but those are the facts. In this case state law should trump Federal law. Plus he did make restitution and his political career is over – so what are the liberal progressives so afraid of?

  • Angel Torres

    You guys are dreaming. Their hands are soooo dirty. The fact that the guy giving the bribes and buying the influence seems to have gotten off scot free seems totally wrong,too. He was the devil the McDonnel’s danced with. I honestly believe that Bob and Maureen did not start out like this or live their lives this way prior to living in the governor’s mansion… the power of the office corrupted them, and it is a very sad story really. The legal maneuvering may go on for years, and maybe they will squeak out on some technicality… but there is no way to conclude that what they were doing wasn’t wrong ethically and morally. How could such a good and educated man be reduced to “Gee, I wish I could have a chance to drive your Ferrari!”

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