June 27, 2017

FBI looking into Gov. McDonnell’s unethical and illegal activities

Bob McDonnell: The law closes in
Bob McDonnell: The law closes in

From The Associated Press:

The FBI has begun looking at the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of an investigation, two people with knowledge of the review said.

Federal authorities began questioning people close to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, as an outgrowth of a securities probe of Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc., said the two people, who spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because their roles in the case preclude them from speaking publicly.

They said FBI agents have asked questions about gifts the McDonnells have received from company CEO Jonnie Williams and whether the Republican governor or his administration aided the company in return.

The review was first reported Monday by The Washington Post.

Earlier in the day, Todd Schneider, the former governor’s mansion chef who faces four felony counts alleging he stole from the mansion, alleged in court papers that he gave FBI and state police investigators evidence a year ago of wrongdoing and abuse by McDonnell and his family. This included documents showing Williams paid $15,000 to help cover the costs of catering done by Schneider’s private company for a June 2011 mansion wedding reception for McDonnell’s daughter Cailin, court papers show.

McDonnell did not disclose the gift on his January 2012 statement of economic interests, noting that state law requires only that gifts to elected officials themselves, not family members, be reported.

Full story here.

Looks like the law and reality is closing in on Virginia’s corrupt governor and possibly is equally corrupt attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.

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2 Responses to FBI looking into Gov. McDonnell’s unethical and illegal activities

  1. The illegal part remains to be seen, but the unethical is undeniable. Do you know anyone (who is not a politician) who would accept this kind of cash from a “friend” to pay for a damn wedding?

  2. AG Cuccinelli is also wrapped up in this thing. He brought charges against the whistle-blower after evidence was presented that the Governor’s family was taking state property, and bartering for services with state property. Cuccinelli also held ownership in the campaign donor’s company, and himself accepted contributions from the donor. Much of those donations not previously disclosed..in violation of state law. Will the AG be held accountable?