The press releases were flying Tuesday as two North Carolina companies announced they would work with Dominion Power to build a 550-mile gas pipeline through Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe called a news conference to express his support for the project, and environmentalists expressed dismay.
The jury continues its deliberations today in the federal trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The two defendants face 14 counts involving corruption, obstruction of justice, and lying on financial documents. Much of the disagreement over whether the former first couple broke the law by accepting gifts and loans from ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams—while supporting his business—comes from differing interpretations of what some believe are murky ethics and corruption laws.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s defense team rested their case on Day 23 of his federal corruption trial …and then lawyers for Maureen McDonnell took a turn calling witnesses for the former first lady.
Their testimonies seemed to bolster defense assertions that ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams pushed his gifts onto people who never asked for them…and that the former first couple’s marriage was troubled for years before they ever reached the Executive Mansion.
April Niamtu bought a plane ticket in 2011 to support her close friend, Maureen, at a convention in Utah.
On day 20 of the former first couple's federal corruption trial and day 3 of testimony from former Governor Bob McDonnell, jurors were able to follow the money.
The last two days were focused on McDonnell's troubled marriage and how it conflicted with his job as governor. The former governor testified about the loans and relationship he had with ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.