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    AP sources: FBI looks into Bob McDonnell link to donor

    The FBI has begun examining the relationship between VA Gov. Bob McDonnell and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of a federal investigation. Todd Schneider, the governor's mansion ex-chef who faces charges alleging he stole from the mansion, alleged in court papers that he gave FBI and state police investigators evidence a year ago of wrongdoing and abuse by McDonnell and his family. This included documents showing Williams paid $15,000 to help cover the costs of catering done by Schneider's private company for a June 2011 mansion wedding reception for McDonnell's daughter. McDonnell did not disclose the gift on his January 2012 statement of economic interests.. Monday's filings came as part of a motion seeking to dismiss charges against Schneider at a hearing in the case scheduled for Thursday. The motion alleges Schneider told investigators that the mansion staff and other state employees had witnessed him being instructed to take state-purchased food as payment for personal services, and that they saw others "openly taking cases of food and other supplies from the Governor's Mansion."

    The filing also accuses Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, of prosecuting Schneider in an attempt to protect his political interests. It alleges Cuccinelli ignored evidence that Schneider provided about McDonnell's ties to Williams because the attorney general had also received thousands of dollars in gifts from the same business executive. The motion contends,"Ken Cuccinelli's personal and financial involvement with Williams and Star Scientific and his political involvement and endorsement by the governor of Virginia conflicted with his duty to investigate information provided by Todd Schneider to determine whether Williams used the Mansion and his relationship with the governor and first lady to promote a scheme to defraud.". Cuccinelli filed a motion last week to recuse his office from prosecuting Schneider, citing conflicts of interest. But the motion says Cuccinelli should have recused his office from the case a year ago.

    In support of the motion to dismiss, Benjamin provided. a chronological list of lapses that he says not only compromised Cuccinelli in prosecuting the case but also concealed how deeply obligated the attorney general had become to Williams over four years until belatedly amending his economic interest forms and making them public late Friday. Just before Schneider's indictment last March, the motion said, defense lawyers objected to Cuccinelli's office ignoring Schneider's information "concerning the use of the Mansion by Williams, the promotion of Williams' food supplement by the governor and first lady" as a result of his conflict of interest.


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    Re: AP sources: FBI looks into Bob McDonnell link to donor

    How does it feel to be on the receiving end of a probe bobby boy?

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