Ex-Governor of Virginia indicted on bribery charges
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:17
Jan. 22 - Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell says he and his wife ''did not violate the law'' after being indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with accepting bribes. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were indicted on Tuesday by a federal grand jury and charged with accepting bribes in the form of money and gifts from the chief executive of a dietary supplements maker.
An indictment with 14 counts was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against McDonnell, who is only 10 days out of office, and his wife, Maureen. Court appearances for the couple were set for Friday in Richmond.
They accepted gifts from the head of supplements-maker Star Scientific Inc including cash, golf fees and clothing and in exchange arranged for company executives to meet government officials who could help their business, the indictment alleges.
Robert McDonnell spoke to reporters in Richmond, Virginia Tuesday evening (January 21):
"I come before you this evening as someone who has been falsely and wrongfully accused. And whose public service has been wrongfully attacked," said McDonnell.
"While I deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from Mr. Williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest," he said.
The McDonnells, both 59 years old, believe they have done nothing illegal and plan to fight the charges in court, they said in separate statements through their lawyers.
"We did not violate the law, and I will use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations," McDonnell said in his statement.
If convicted, the McDonnells could face decades in prison and fines totaling well over $1 million.
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