RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's sister says communication between her brother and his wife became increasingly bad after he was elected.
To illustrate the point, Maureen C. McDonnell testified Monday after she was separated, her brother didn't tell his wife about the news. According to the testimony, the ex-governor's wife, also named Maureen, instead found out six weeks later when the sister responded to a party invitation.
The testimony is intended to bolster a defense claim that the former first couple's marriage was on the rocks and that they couldn't have conspired to accept gifts and loans from a businessman because they were barely speaking.
Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting the gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products.