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Rachel Maddow Tracks the Felony Indictment That May Send Bob McDonnell to Jail for Decades: VIDEO


Late yesterday, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were charged in federal corruption probe, the WaPo reported:

McdonnellFormer Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond area businessman who sought special treatment from state government.

Authorities allege that for nearly two years, the McDonnells repeatedly asked executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. for loans and gifts of money, clothes, golf fees and equipment, trips, and private plane rides. The gifts and loans totaled at least $165,000.

In exchange, authorities allege, the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governor’s office to Williams’s struggling company, Star Scientific, a former small cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements.

The couple faces a maximum 14-count indictment that could send the couple to prison for decades.

Rachel Maddow tracks how it all went down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ugly, ugly stuff.

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  1. Decades in jail for Governor Ultra Sound? Nice!

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 22, 2014 8:02:26 AM

  2. I love how some Republicans are saying they broke no Virginia laws as if that is going to save them from the Feds.

    Posted by: Gus | Jan 22, 2014 8:35:41 AM

  3. I seriously doubt he'll do any time. It will be a slap on the wrist and probation. After all, he's rich, white and male.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 22, 2014 8:39:22 AM

  4. Yes, we'll see him at the golfing prison for sure and the Mrs. too.

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 22, 2014 8:45:37 AM

  5. So a Republican Governor selling Special Rights? You mean a holier than thou politician turned out to be corrupt?

    Say it isn't so!

    Posted by: Steve Rider | Jan 22, 2014 8:48:48 AM

  6. Lookout now! Nancy Grace Maddow is on the case!!

    Posted by: arj | Jan 22, 2014 8:51:26 AM

  7. The jury will have a hard time giving McDonnell any benefit of doubt. This wasn't merely a case of accepting campaign contributions or even favors for the ex-governor's political causes -- which would technically be wrong but the average citizen has been conditioned to expect those kinds of bribes as everyday politics. No, these "gifts" included numerous designer items, apparel, luxury items which could not possibly be considered as necessities no matter how affluent the family.

    McDonnell might only get a slap on the wrist, relative to the severity of the crime, but the damage he's doing to the Virginia GOP might end up being adequate compensation for lack of a jail sentence.

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 22, 2014 8:57:27 AM

  8. McDonnell's a crook, morally if not legally. But why does TR incessantly report Rachel Maddow's every word and breath? Is it only because she's a lesbian? if so, that's not enough anymore. We've moved beyond that (I hope).

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 22, 2014 8:59:53 AM

  9. Considering how homophobic the McDonnell administration was, Perry, I think his indictment is relevant to Towleroad, and the fact that Rachel Maddow is reporting on it is just icing on the cake.

    As a Virginia resident for over 25 years, though, I have to say that this is a sad day for the Commonwealth. I would like to think that this indictment would bring on meaningful financial disclosure reform, but as long as the House of Delegates is controlled by the kooky Republicans in Richmond, that's not gonna happen.

    Posted by: scooternva | Jan 22, 2014 9:18:40 AM

  10. WHAT is in the water in Virginia??????

    Posted by: thom | Jan 22, 2014 9:24:18 AM

  11. As a Virginia native, I am happy to see the reporting on this important story. McDonnell is an anti-progressive, and so his indictment might well be of interest to citizens hoping for a more enlightened government. In any case, Rachel is on nightly, and the clips of her show that we see here represent a small sampling of the excellent reporting she does day in and day out.

    Posted by: Ken | Jan 22, 2014 9:27:53 AM

  12. @Perry..."But why does TR incessantly report Rachel Maddow's every word and breath?" Every word and breath? Really? Slight exaggeration on your part, don't you think?

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 22, 2014 9:28:17 AM

  13. Another rumored-to-have-been-prospective Romney VP pick disappears from the political stage. Elected officeholders from the Greedy One Percent are an endangered species in ever purpler Virginia.

    Posted by: JCTSF | Jan 22, 2014 9:48:55 AM

  14. and here I thought Mr. McConnell was the "perfect" Christian, who wanted to have an ultrasound shoved up a woman's hoo ha to try and dissuade her from having an abortion and his homophobic campaign and look where he is now.....hopefully an uncomfortable bed in a cold, hard steely jail!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 22, 2014 9:55:06 AM

  15. Perry, Rachel is a Rhodes scholar, and quite intelligent. I happily watch her show to listen to her "every word and breath".

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jan 22, 2014 9:55:27 AM

  16. I'll always read an article about Rachel Maddow.
    When I'm not interested in something I don't read it.
    And I certainly don't post a comment to something I don't read.
    More Rachel! More Rachel!

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 22, 2014 10:15:20 AM

  17. I wonder if this story sends shivers down the spines of other governors? Like in New Jersey.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 22, 2014 10:17:14 AM

  18. In the mind of Rachel Maddow, Governor McDonnell must be automatically presumed GUILTY before any trial. Afterall he's male, he's white, he's Christian and most damning of all, he's Republican. Case closed!

    Posted by: Innocent until proven guilty | Jan 22, 2014 10:28:48 AM

  19. Innocent? Fox News is having a 24-hour long special on Benghazi. Shouldn't you be watching?

    Meanwhile, I've been watching Maureen McDonnell's face while her husband talks and the look on her face seem to be pure hate, as though she wishes the back of his head would explode. My guess is she's not a nice lady...

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | Jan 22, 2014 10:35:33 AM

  20. Golly, his wife and daughter sure seem nice….

    Posted by: Lymis | Jan 22, 2014 11:04:12 AM

  21. Apparently, he failed to come up with a good cover story to hide his involvement. That's just stupid. Most politicians are smart enough to create charities, political organizations and use overseas bank accounts to hide this sort of activity.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 22, 2014 11:52:10 AM

  22. Send him to jail. Yet she doesn't have the same intellectual rigor against someone like Charlie Rangel.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 22, 2014 12:15:09 PM

  23. If you actually bother to watch the clip before bashing on Rachael you would know that most of the investigative reporting on this has been done by the Virgina papers and the Washington Post.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jan 22, 2014 12:55:44 PM

  24. With the right haircut his wife could already pass for a prison matron.

    Posted by: Mama Morton | Jan 22, 2014 1:43:09 PM

  25. But Officer....Why are you giving ME a ticket? EVERYONE ELSE is speeding too! And some are going a lot faster!

    Posted by: Ol' McDonnell | Jan 22, 2014 2:13:12 PM

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