The wealthy businessman who showered former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans tried to impress a cardiologist by having the then-first lady introduce him to movie director Steven Spielberg, the doctor testified Tuesday.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell received $150,000 in loans to help bail out struggling vacation rental properties before he borrowed money from a wealthy businessman, McDonnell’s former brother-in-law testified Monday.
The onetime chief of staff to Virginia’s former first lady said Wednesday that she never saw any hint of a romantic relationship between her boss and a wealthy businessman.
The key prosecution witness in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s trial testified Monday that he never saw any signs the governor’s marriage was crumbling, and that he never had any intimate physical contact with the first lady.
The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia’s former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions — but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who’d soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other, a multimillionaire entrepreneur who owned a private jet.
When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges.
An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says during the couple’s corruption trial that their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.
Jury selection was on the agenda Monday for opening day in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in Richmond.
The legal defense fund for former Gov. Bob McDonnell is reporting that it raised $93,000 during the second quarter of this year.