Time for a refresher course on Bob McDonnell’s excellent adventures: Gov. “Ultrasound” McDonnell’s “improper use of government money, facilities, power for personal enrichment of friends”! That post was all about who paid for his daughter’s wedding at the governor’s mansion and questions about a possible (read: probable) quid pro quo. Rachel Maddow:
Specifically, the former chef’s catering company ended up doing the $15,000 dinner when Governor McDonnell hosted his daughter’s wedding at the governor’s mansion… The campaign contributors secretly paying for the daughter’s wedding at the mansion in Virginia, then blaming the daughter, saying it was her relationship with this guy that was under investigation now…
And now, the FBI is looking into the relationship between the McDonnells and the campaign donor. This can’t end well.
FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor’s daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning.
The agents have been asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the Republican governor and his wife have taken that may have boosted the company, the people said. [...]
Now, federal officials are trying to determine whether to expand that investigation into a broader look at whether McDonnell or his administration took any action to benefit Star Scientific in exchange for monetary or other benefits, according to the four people familiar with the interviews. [...]
The focus of the FBI interviews has been to determine whether any of those actions constituted a quid pro quo — McDonnell using his office to promote the company in return for anything of value for him or his family…
If enough evidence is found, they could open a formal public corruption inquiry. Stay tuned.
UPDATE, via The Roanoke Times, where there are many more details:
RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell said today his administration never gave special treatment to a dietary supplement company that is under a federal securities investigation, despite more than $100,000 in political contributions from its chief executive and thousands of dollars more in gifts to McDonnell’s family.
McDonnell said on WTOP radio he and first lady Maureen McDonnell have been friends with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams for four or five years. He acknowledged receiving gifts from Williams, including a $15,000 check to his daughter to help her pay for her June 2011 wedding.
Williams’ gifts to McDonnell and to state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, both Republicans, have come under growing scrutiny in the past two months. It intensified after the Executive Mansion chef was charged with stealing food from the mansion and alleged that his prosecution by Cuccinelli was politically motivated.