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.
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