RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WJLA) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been indicted on federal corruption charges.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department, says McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.
But on Tuesday evening in Richmond, standing beside his wife Maureen, daughter Cailin, and son-in-law Chris, Governor Bob McDonnell defended the charges against him by going on the offense at a news conference:
"We will face these false allegations with strength and firm resolve ... I come before you this evening as someone who has been falsely and wrongfully accused and whose public service has been wrongfully attacked."
The former governor then apologized for accepting gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO, Jonnie Williams, as he insisted on calling all of it “legal.”
The indictment claims that the McDonnells accepted thousands of dollars in designer clothes, gold outings, and a Rolex from Williams plus more than $130,000 in cash – all in exchange for promoting Star Scientific, a maker of dietary supplements.
McDonnell left office earlier this month after four years in the governor's office. Virginia law limits governors to a single term.