Former Virginia Governor and Ken doll come to life Bob McDonnell and his wife have been hit with 14 federal felony indictments stemming from his acceptance of $135,000 in gifts and loans from a major donor and purveyor of scam medical supplements while in office.
In what Republican state legislator Bob Marshall called the “type of activity” that “undermines public confidence,” McDonnell and his family allegedly accepted more than $135,000 in gifts and/or loans from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the then-CEO of Star Scientific Inc. The McDonnells then helped promote the scientifically-unproven dietary supplements line made by thecontroversial tobacco company-turned-supplements manufacturer. While Virginia’s lax gifts law allows elected officials to accept unlimited gifts — even from lobbyists and those with business before the state — McDonnell apparently failed to fully disclose what he and his wife received.
The gifts included a silver Rolex watch, golf clubs, Louis Vitton shoes, and $15,000 to help pay for the McDonnells’ daughter’s wedding. According to the indictment, the former governor and his wife conspired to commit wire fraud to accept bribes, knowingly made false statements on loan applications to avoid reporting the Williams loans, and obstructed justice…Then-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) had to recuse himself from a state investigation into the McDonnells because he too had received thousands of dollars worth of gifts from Williams. That investigation is still ongoing.
Ironically, McDonnell ran for governor on a platform of “trust and accountability.” In astatement Tuesday, McDonnell continued to deny any violation of the law and vowed to ” use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations, and to prevail against this unjust overreach of the federal government.”
McDonnell, despite being incredibly stupid (or maybe because of it), was considered a rising star in Republican politics until this scandal hit.