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WAPO: Gov. McDonnell Could be Charged in Gift Scandal, Decision Delayed

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Federal prosecutors have decided Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife would be charged in connection with a gift scandal - according to a Washington Post report out Wednesday night.

The report states the U.S. attorney told the governor he planned to ask a jury to return an indictment no later than this past Monday, although senior Justice Department officials delayed the decision after the McDonnells made a face-to-face appeal in Washington.

The charges would stem from dealings with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams and the $150,000 in gifts and loans the McDonnell family received from him.

Governor McDonnell became the subject of a federal ethics probe after he accepted, but didn't report, those gifts. In August, McDonnell refinanced his private residence and restructured loans on other properties to repay Williams.

The legal fee for the state associated with the case has been piling up, while McDonnell has maintained that he followed Virginia's existing disclosure laws and gave no special treatment in return for the gifts.

The controversy has sparked a lot of talk in Richmond about how to reform the commonwealth's ethics rules surrounding gift disclosure.

To read the full article from the Washington Post, click here.

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