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Andrew McBride Quoted in Washington Post Coverage of McDonnell Trial
Andrew G. McBride, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was quoted by The Washington Post in two articles on the federal trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The McDonnells are being tried on corruption charges involving gifts they accepted from businessman Jonnie Williams, Sr., while Mr. McDonnell was governor.
Prosecutors have presented evidence that Mr. McDonnell sought to hide his relationship with Williams, the Post reported in an August 9 article. “Common sense tells you that people conceal things when they think they are doing something wrong,” said Mr. McBride, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Justice Department who spent seven of those years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The McDonnells also face charges of making false statements to banks and obstruction of justice. “I think they really have a problem with some of these secondary counts, particularly the bank fraud,” Mr. McBride said.
In a separate Post article published yesterday, Mr. McBride said the reluctance of some of the prosecution’s witnesses to testify against the McDonnells makes their testimony more effective. “At the end, prosecutors can get up and say, ‘Look, that was damaging testimony, and it came from people who didn’t want to give it,’” he said.