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Andrew McBride Discusses Testimony of Former Governor Bob McDonnell

The Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch
August 25, 2014

Andrew G. McBride, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was quoted by The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch about 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.  Mr. McDonnell testified that he did not provide Mr. Williams with anything more than “routine access” to the government, according to the August 23 Washington Post column.

“That really is the truth of what happened,” 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.  “His position is, ‘I let Maureen and myself to some extent play Jonnie Williams for the money we needed, but I knew where the legal line was, and I never crossed it.’”

The Washington Post column can be found here.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch article can be found here.