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Washington Post: McDonnell Rejected Plea Deal While in Office

Posted: Updated: Feb 06, 2014 11:28 PM

According to the Washington Post, it looks as if former Governor Bob McDonnell could have avoided most of his current legal troubles with relation to the gift scandal. 

According to The Washington Post, McDonnell turned down an offer by prosecutors to plead guilty to one felony bank fraud charge. The plea deal  - offered when McDonnell was still in office  - would have allowed him to avoid trial, and his wife, Maureen, wouldn't have faced any charges.

Now, the couple is being charged with 14 counts, including conspiracy and fraud after allegedly accepting over $165,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in return for assisting his company.

Attorneys for the McDonnell's say they're innocent, and the former governor has said he was unaware of the extent of gifts received. The Washington Post is also reporting Maureen McDonnell often tried to hide the gifts from her husband.

Read the full Washington Post article here. 

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