Sunday, September 01, 2013

Bob McDonnell may have lied to federal prosecutors

As federal prosecutors consider whether or not to indict Governor Bob McDonnell, The Washington Post has broken the story that McDonnell and his wife may have lied about who knew what and when.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was aware of gifts and financial help provided by a wealthy Richmond area businessman during the same months the governor and his wife took steps to help his company, according to people familiar with documents and interviews gathered by federal investigators.

For example, McDonnell (R) was present at a charity auction in 2011 when the chief executive of Star Scientific, which makes a dietary supplement, successfully bid on a fashion tour of New York for the governor’s wife in front of a crowd of onlookers, witnesses said.

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People familiar with accounts that Williams and others have provided to investigators, as well as witnesses interviewed by The Post, say each of those gifts came with the governor’s knowledge — contrasting with an assertion by McDonnell’s attorneys that he was in the dark about the extent of the gifts Williams bestowed on his family.

Attorneys for the governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell argued to federal prosecutors two weeks ago that the governor should not be charged with any crimes, in part because of this ignorance, people familiar with the sessions said.
Read "Gov. McDonnell described as aware of gifts from Virginia businessman" by Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman in The Washington Post.

I don't know about you, but if I were a federal prosecutor and someone lied to my face about their alibi, I don't think I'd be all that inclined to cut them any slack.

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