MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Goes Through Some of Details of the McDonnell Indictment

On her Tuesday broadcast, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow offered her viewers some of the details in the federal indictment brought against former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and his wife, Maureen McDonnell.

"This indictment today means that federal prosecutors think they can prove what went the other way. They think they can prove what the governor`s office did for that company and that it was an exchange for that loot," Maddow said. "There`s a launch party for the company`s magic tobacco pill that was hosted at the governor`s mansion and attended by the governor and the first lady. There was the first lady of Virginia touting the magic tobacco pill at two events hosted by the company in Virginia and one in Michigan. It was a top-level meeting, set up by the governor`s office between the company CEO and top Virginia state health officials. No, make that two meetings set up by the governor and his wife with top Virginia state health officials and this company that had given them so much. It`s the governor smiling, holding up a bottle of that magic tobacco pill at a seminar set up in Richmond to convince doctors to recommend that magic pill to their patients."

"And if you want to see just a snapshot of the timeline here, and what led to these charges, the indictment itself is an amazing thing," she continued. "This is from the indictment. From July 28, 2011, through July 31, governor and Mrs. McDonnell and their family enjoyed a private vacation at the CEO`s multi-million dollar vacation home at Smith Mountain Lake. Maureen McDonnell had previously called the CEO to ask whether his Ferrari would be at the house for Governor McDonnell to use. The CEO arranged to have a star scientific employee transport the Ferrari from Richmond to Smith Mountain Lake, so the defendants could use the Ferrari during their vacation. Then, check this out. On the last night of the vacation, at 7:47 p.m., Sunday night, Maureen McDonnell e-mailed a picture to the CEO, showing her husband, Governor Bob McDonnell, driving the Ferrari. Later that same night, 11:29 p.m., the governor himself sends an e- mail to the secretary of health for the state of Virginia, saying, I`d like you to have one of your deputies, in secretary felts` office, attend a briefing at the mansion, 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning about this company, Star Scientific. The first lady will be there. That e-mail goes out at 11:29 p.m. on Sunday night after he spent the weekend driving this guy`s Ferrari around, while staying at guy`s multimillion-dollar lake house."

"The next morning, 10:00 a.m., the briefing happens with the Ferrari CEO there and the first lady there and the health secretary, indeed, sends his senior policy adviser," she added. "Nice work, if you can get it, right?"


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