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Posted on 01/21/2014 12:54:12 PM PST by Theoria
Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman who sought special treatment from state government.
Authorities alleged that McDonnell and his wife received gifts from executive Jonnie R. Williams again and again, lodging near constant requests for money, clothes, trips, golf accessories and private plane rides.
In exchange, authorities alleged that the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governorship to Williamss struggling company, a small former cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements.
The two were charged with 14 felony counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obtaining property under color of their official office and conspiring to the do the same.
They were also charged with making false statements to a federal credit union.
McDonnell was also charged with making a false statement to a financial institution, and Maureen McDonnell was charged with obstructing the investigation.
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Just to think this guy was at a minimum considered VP material back in 2012.
OY, why do smart people do these things?
Doesn’t he know, only Democrats can pull this cr*p?
A great disappointment during his four years.
That 2009 crop of Republicans at the front end of the tea party movement sure turned into a losing lot....McDonnell, Christie and Scott Brown. I’d throw Cuccinelli, too, even though he remains pretty solid. I thought he would skyrocket into the Governor’s race and he tripped up along the way, though. He may be damaged goods.
/**src on***/Can’t wait for the inevitable indictment against out new sleeze bag Clintonista governor/***src off***/.
The difference besides the party is McDonnell appears to have been an amateur in covering his tracks while McAuliffe is a all-pro at this game.
If they’re guilty, they need to go to prison.
Everybody involved in this can KTA goodbye.
Cigarettes! Oh, my!
Yes, and this seems such a peanuts operation. McAullife could certainly tell him how to do it better and the Obama/EPA green loans for hundreds of millions to failing companies seems much more worth the risk. The pubbies are dumb even when they are crooks.
Ever wonder why?
Democrats just keep disqualifying candidates they don’t like. The media goes after them relentlessly.
McAuliffe did the same type of thing and he gets elected Governor.
McDonnell should change parties. Say the right things. Support gay marriage, extended unemployment. Talk about the racists within the Tea Party.
The Democrats will call off the dogs.
Who is going to investigate a Democrat? The media? yeah righhhhht.
Yes he was.
He had a lot of potential, but he apparently let personal greed keep him from achieving anything of substance.
I couldn’t care less what happens to this tax-raising fraud.
Related: Here’s a link for recent FDA warning letter to Jonnie’s firm, Star Scientific:
This is the email McDonnell sent out in response:
Earlier today former Governor Bob McDonnell released a statement regarding the false indictment built upon discredited witnesses that was filed today in federal court.
Please take time to read below
The Restoration Fund
“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.”
Robert F. McDonnell
Former Governor of Virginia
"Lend prestige"? What does that mean? According to the article, the guy's company received no state grants, contracts, economic incentives or state appointments. They could only get McDonnell on nonreporting gifts, and had to invent something vague about "lending prestige" for the quid pro quo to get him on corruption?
If that is the standard, didn't Obama "lend prestige" to Solyndra by visiting the factory and yucking it up with the executives? Didn't people connected to Solyndra make gifts to Obama's campaign? At least Solyndra got something a lot more real than "prestige", they got federal loan guarantees.
The Post sniffs: "McDonnell never explained why he and his wife had allowed such a man to become so closely entangled with their lives."
Suddenly, the Post is so high-minded! How about all the low-lifes "entangled with" Obama and the Clintons?
It's always a different standard for Republicans as opposed to Democrats.
So how is this different from what practically all other politicians do?
I guess you could say the Governor Skimmed Clumsily, and that lack of finesse was his worst mistake. especially with these true believer Obama Zombies. They are not just out to impede a republicans progress, they are out to destroy that repubs political career, and have the rep. under suspicion to eliminate themselves as any possible threat. It does not always work, but still works a great deal with repubs.
Here comes the Jeb. Bush Express.
The rotters took government owned food! /s
Are these real? Or is he just accused of being a politician while Republican?
And these jerks tarnished Cuccinelli’s campaign so that we now have even bigger crooks in the governor’s mansion. I hope they serve some time.
No kidding. This indictment is no accident.
The letter after their name. When an "R" politician is caught with his hand in the cookie jar, it's like an injured wildebeest in a herd; the other wildebeests run like hell away from him. Left to fend alone, the jackals and hyenas (DemocRATs and Drive-By media) go after the poor animal and tear him apart.
When a "D" politician is caught, it's entirely different. Other "D"s come to his aid. The story gets buried, common narratives get FAXed to the Sunday Talk Shows from central command, and the Drive-By's all praise the bravery of the politician for soldiering on through all of the stresses of the office.
You’re right, of course, which is why Republicans should be smart enough not to do anything that even has the appearance of being improper.
What else is new, the gov’t. goes after a pubbie politician while does nothing about the IRS, NSA, Benghazi, Solyndra, Fast & furious etc. The rule of law in this country? Fgetaboutit!
And, to think, McDonnell has been replaced as Governor by a true blue, certified huckster who won’t suffer the first whiff of an investigation. If the Special Election today goes the wrong way, VA is totally screwed.
It might just be time for me to move. How does New York State sound?
OK. Tollbooth Bob took what, about $150,000 in gifts, loans, and prizes? And then insisted it didn’t affect his official duties.
I don’t care if this yahoo has an R, D, L, G, or Q after his name, it stinks of bribery and he should be charged.
Well, we do still have the House by a 2 to 1 margin.
Yep, the difference is that the media will cover up the story and bury it on page 38 while the talking heads ignore it entirely.
Cucinelli didn’t trip, he WAS tripped, when half of the Virginia GOP basically say on their loathesome spotty behinds. . .and their cash. . .because Bill Bolling lost his bid for the nomination. .
Bolling wanted a primary, and Virginia’s primaries are, alas, open. While the Dems held a convention and coronated McAwful. . .
Part of my concern for today’s race is the weather. Schools as such are closed, but as polling places are open. I fear reliable GOP voters who have a few years on ‘em won’t venture out. God willing the local committee had lots of volunteers willing to transport those reliable voters. Young libs know they’re invincible, so a little snow won’t stop them (in their SUVs).
The 6th district race hasn’t been decided yet - it’s gone (or going) to recount.
Wasn’t it the GOP that held the convention, and sore-loser Bolling pulled out when it became clear he couldn’t get a primary and knew he’d have NO chance at convention? The man turned out to be quite the disgrace, and McDonnell, whose record could have and should have helped Cuccinelli, was neutered by this STUPID behavior.
We’re not called “the Stupid Party” for nothin’
A family member, way back when, interviewed for a job with him. didn’t get it because he wanted it to go to a “big donor”...hmmm.
What you said...
One could say (crudely) that Clinton would “lend prestige” to BJs in the Oval Office....
Oh, yeah....another lib tard who”squeaked” into office through a recount....
Mcdonnell, Brown, and Christie we’re never Tea Party favorites.
Are you saying that Jeb Bush was behind this indictment?
Jeb isn’t behind anything, it’s the elites behind him who want him as the backup RINO candidate for 2016. He is just one of several RINOs whose job it is to split the primary votes until one like Jeb is left.
Uh, Brown was elected as a national referendum against Obamacare. All our favorite conservatives were out fighting for him. He was the 41st vote against it. Virginia swept in Republicans in late 2009 and it was widely seen as a referendum on Obama's first year. Conservatives were highly motivated and swept the GOP into all the top state offices. Christie's takedown of Corzine and battles against the unions were a national sensation among conservatives. These were all seen as the start of the turn against Obama and the Democrat victories of 2006 and 2008, and were all widely regarded by conservatives around the country. The formal tea party movement was just underway, 8-10 months after Rick Santelli's famous rant and the first tea party events in April 2009.
There's much truth in that. He was stabbed in the back by the DC GOPe. No doubt. He also made some tactical mistakes early that probably cost him the election despite that. He allowed the War on Women bullcrap to take hold early when it was purely fabricated. I was hoping he'd run a lot more nimble campaign than he did.