1. DENIAL

    McDonnell: ‘I Did Nothing Illegal'

    RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 8:
Outgoing Virginia governor Bob McDonnell delivers his final State of the Commonwealth address before newly elected Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe takes office at the Virginia State Capitol on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in Richmond, VA.  McDonnell leaves office Saturday and remains under the threat of federal indictment related to more than $165,000 in gifts and loans that a Virginia businessman provided to him and his family.
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    Vowing to “face these false allegations with strength and firm resolve,” former Republican governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell said he did “nothing illegal” after he and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on 14 counts. The governor and his wife allegedly accepted more than $135,000 in gifts—ranging from expensive clothing to trips—from the former CEO of Star Scientific in return for help from the governor. McDonnell told reporters he will “use every available resource and advocate… for as long as it takes to fight and prevail against these false allegations and the unjust overreach of the federal government.” McDonnell had once been viewed as a rising star in the party, and a potential favorite for the 2016 presidential nomination.

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