Prosecutors will begin their cross examination today of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for official acts to promote the company’s dietary supplement.
WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the McDonnell corruption trial and other Virginia political news.
Bob McDonnell testified yesterday that he was unaware of the first $50,000 loan from Jonnie Williams to his wife. This directly challenges sworn testimony from Williams who said he spoke with the Governor about the loan and that he would not have made it otherwise.
Williams has been told he could go to prison if any of his testimony is found to be false.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell told jurors Thursday in the corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen that he was heartbroken in 2011 that his marriage might be over. Defense attorneys for the former governor presented an e-mail he wrote to his wife over Labor Day weekend in 2011. McDonnell was forbidden to read it aloud by Judge James Spencer, but was permitted to summarize it for the jury.
Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell and the state Senate’s Republican Majority Leader Tom Norment say Tuesday’s election of Ben Chafin to the Senate, solidifying the GOP’s control of the upper chamber, will bring stability and predictability to the General Assembly. The win will give the GOP a decisive majority in the Senate, barring unforeseen circumstances until at least January of 2016.
Bob McDonnell again takes the stand to answer questions from his defense attorney Henry Asbill about the state of his marriage during his term as governor and specifically their relationship with Jonnie Williams. Key to the couple’s defense is that they could not have conspired because their marriage had broken down and the two were barely speaking.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for official acts to promote the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.
A special election yesterday in southwest Virginia has cemented Republican control of the state Senate. Republican Delegate Ben Chafin of Russell County handily defeated Democrat Mark Hymes 60 to 32 percent, with 8 percent voting for independent Rick Mullins. Chafin will replace former state Senator Phillip Puckett, who resigned in June.
Senator Mark Warner was in Richmond yesterday (8/19) to meet with senior officials at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and discuss problems with implementing new technology to reduce wait times. The VA is currently using outdated computers and scheduling software from the 1980s.
The sister of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified in his corruption trial Tuesday that the family used low interest loans to pay for expenses associated with their two troubled beach vacation properties, not out of necessity but because it made good business sense. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 worth of gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for promoting the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.