After leaving office earlier this month, former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) has moved on to a much hotter seat: The Republican politician is now facing a 14-count felony indictment, two decades in jail, and thousands of dollars in fines.
And he is not going down alone; McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, is included in the 43-page federal indictment that threatens to land them both in jail. It contains a number of revealing details highlighting just how close the McDonnells were to former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams until 2013.
According to the indictment, McDonnell first met Williams in 2009 to ask if he could use the former CEO’s private plane for his gubernatorial campaign. McDonnell later asked, per the request of his wife, that Williams cover the cost of Mrs. McDonnell’s dress for the governor’s inaugural address.
One of McDonnell’s senior aides warned the first lady that it was not a good idea.
She shot back in an email on December 29, 2009: “I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt. We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this Inaugural is killing us!! I need answers and I need help, and I need to get this done.”
Just days later, Mrs. McDonnell told Williams she would take a “rain check” on the dress.
The rest was history.
Since 2010, the McDonnells have allegedly taken over $100,000 worth of gifts. But more shocking than the gifts the pair received over the years are the details concerning their financial woes and terrible cover-ups.
Read on to learn five of the juiciest details from the indictment.
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