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Andrew McBride Discusses Investigation of Former Governor Bob McDonnell

The Washington Post
January 27, 2014

Andrew G. McBride, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was interviewed by The Washington Post for a January 22 article on the investigation of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

Mr. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell were indicted this week on federal charges involving gifts they accepted from Jonnie Williams Sr., chief executive of Star Scientific, while Mr. McDonnell was governor.  The indictment alleges that the couple engaged in conspiracy and fraud to use the governor’s office for private gain, The Post reported.

Mr. McBride was among attorneys who said the government may face a high bar in proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the McDonnells committed a crime.  To accomplish this, federal prosecutors must deliver evidence that the former governor agreed to provide official help to Mr. Williams in exchange for $165,000 in cash and gifts, according to the article.

“On the side of accepting gifts from a private party while you’re in office, they have a fantastic case,” Mr. McBride told The Post.  “The biggest problem the government has is, what official act did he take as governor to further the interests of Star Scientific?”

Mr. McBride is a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice who spent seven of those years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.