Va.'s first couple, former Gov. and Mrs. McDonnell, often together, FBI agent testifies
RICHMOND — An FBI agent testified on Thursday that former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife spent many nights together in the Governor's Mansion, a final effort to undercut the defense argument that the couple's failing marriage made a conspiracy implausible.
The agent was the final witness jurors heard from in the McDonnells' public corruption trial. They will return on Friday morning for closing arguments before beginning deliberations on 14 charges punishable by up to decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
McDonnell spent more than four days on the witness stand proclaiming his innocence and describing how his marriage deteriorated as he climbed the political ladder, ultimately reaching the office once held by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. The defense claims the marriage was so strained that the McDonnells could not have pulled off a conspiracy.
They are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's product.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Peanut glut poses hefty bailout tab for taxpayers
- Barrier nears completion in Indiana marsh to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes
- New Hampshire cancer patient gets permission to travel to Maine for medical pot
- Obama: No credible intelligence about terror plot against US
- Foreign policy expert: Obama administration should create Syria safe areas
- Self-driving vehicles closer to getting green light as feds ease stance
- Video of white Chicago patrolman fatally firing on fleeing black youth sparks demonstrations
- Email address gives FBI lead on record theft of user IDs, passwords
- Poll: 4 in 10 know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers
- Lawyer reveals details of arrest of ‘clock kid’ Ahmed, plans to file suit
- House Republicans call for refugee limits in spending bill