Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced he will petition the US Supreme Court to hear Virginia’s marriage equality case and has asked a Richmond appellate court for a stay of its recent ruling that upheld a lower court decision to strike down the state’s ban on same sex marriages. The Attorney General says he will file a petition with the Supreme Court Friday, asking it to hear Virginia’s case and “definitively settle the constitutional issues for the Commonwealth and the rest of the country.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe has called a special election to replace Congressman Eric Cantor for November 4th, the same day as the general election for U.S. Senate. The special election would allow the victor to be seated immediately, giving the seventh district representation during the lame-duck session.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are accused of accepting over $150,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for helping advance his dietary supplement Anatabloc. Jasen Eige, McDonnell’s Chief Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel said to his knowledge, the former Governor wore a gift Rolex watch publicly only once, the day after returning from Christmas vacation in January of 2013.
In the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, testimony has concluded by the prosecution’s star witness, Jonnie Williams. Williams, a former pharmaceutical company CEO, gave four days of testimony in which he said he had a business relationship with the McDonnells, not a personal one. He said he gave the former first couple over $150,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for help to advance his products.
In sworn testimony Monday, a senior political advisor to former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, said in 2012 McDonnell’s wife Maureen sought a meeting with Mitt Romney to discuss the benefits of Anatabloc, the dietary supplement now at the center of their corruption trial. Phil Cox, a long time advisor to McDonnell, said he dismissed the First Ladies’ idea because the scheduling would have been impossible. Though Cox said he was horrified when Mrs. McDonnell told Ann Romney, that Anatabloc could help cure her multiple sclerosis.
Congressman Eric Cantor says he will step down and resign from the House early and has asked Governor McAuliffe to call for a special election to coincide with the November 4th general election to choose his successor. It came as a shock and only hours after Cantor said farewell to his colleges as the number 2 GOP leader in the House.
WCVE Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the opening rounds of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's federal corruption trial and Rep. Eric Cantor's surprise announcement that he is stepping down before the end of his final term.
Jonnie Williams, the star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, told prosecutors he gave the family over $150,000 worth of gifts and loans because they were helping his company. Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific, said he knew what he was doing was wrong and could be illegal.
When asked about a 6,000 dollar Rolex he purchased for Governor McDonnell at Maureen’s request he told prosecutors “I shouldn’t have to buy things like that to get the help I needed."
While much of the government’s case around the former first couple centers around Maureen McDonnell’s solicitation of gifts from Jonnie Williams, Governor McDonnell did have several documented instances of notable direct dealings with the former Star Scientific CEO.
Jonnie Williams told federal prosecutors yesterday that he did not grant all of the former first families requests, having denied Maureen’s request for two cars for her children to avoid drawing unwanted attention.