Apparently the Justice Department has extended a bit of holiday-season empathy to Virginia’s first couple. From The Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors told Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell last week that he and his wife would be charged in connection with a gift scandal, but senior Justice Department officials delayed the decision after the McDonnells’ attorneys made a face-to-face appeal in Washington, according to people familiar with the case.
. . .The governor and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, would have been charged with working together to illegally promote a struggling dietary-supplement company in exchange for gifts and loans from its chief executive, the people said.
The plan to seek the felony charges this week changed, however, after attorneys for the state’s first couple met with Deputy Attorney General James Cole on Dec. 12.
Apparently part of the hitch was a parallel state investigation on which the statute of limitations closes much sooner. The result likely means that McDonnell won’t become the very first sitting Virginia governor indicted while in office. But it still appears he’ll be indicted shortly after he leaves.