Tommie McNeil

Reporter, Richmond Bureau

Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.

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Business of Banking
4:44 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial

Nanette Bolt leaves the courthouse after testifying.

The prosecution is close to wrapping up its arguments in the federal trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

This time it focused primarily on how the former governor allegedly lied on mortgage refinance applications to cover up the loans given to him and the former first lady by ex-Star Scientific CEO, Jonnie Williams.

Prosecutors questioned Nanette Bolt, the mortgage loan supervisor for PenFed Bank. The McDonnells were in the process of securing nearly a million dollars in loans to refinance four properties.

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Government & Politics
6:35 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Corruption Trial Day 10: Former Star Scientific Chief Counsel Testifies

Jonnie Williams's lawyer Toby Vick

Day 10 of the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, focused primarily on the revelations of Star Scientific’s ex-chief counsel, Paul Perito.  Perito says he warned then-CEO Jonnie Williams that he was treading into dangerous territory when he started cultivating a relationship with the McDonnells to achieve his goal of promoting the company's products. 

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Government & Politics
7:03 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Corruption Trial Day 9: Testimonies Continue to Depict an Unflattering Maureen McDonnell

Dr. Frank Crantz

Former first-lady Maureen McDonnell continues to be a focus in the corruption trial of she and former Governor Bob McDonnell. The ex-Executive Mansion director rendered in yesterday's testimony a not-so-flattering picture of Mrs. McDonnell. Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil has more from the U.S. District Court in Richmond.  

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Government & Politics
7:15 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Voter ID Debate: Validity Extended to One Year After Expiring

Herring and Obenshain
Credit wjla.com

Virginia's ever-changing voter photo-ID law is changing once again—as the State Board of Elections finalizes its related regulations. Since a controversy over the law has pitted former rivals against one another, it's likely to be a galvanizing issue once the General Assembly reconvenes next year.

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Day 5
5:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Corruption Trial Continues

Day five of the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, kicked off with the former first lady’s attorney cross-examining the prosecution's key witness, ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

The strategy seemed to include attributing most business dealings associated with the first family to Maureen and away from her husband.
 

The more Mrs. McDonnell, who was not a state official, is tied to the gifts and loans, the more leverage the defense has to say that the former Governor did not use his office in exchange for gifts.

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