JUNE 16, 2014
On May 16, 2014, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain records of communications regarding the investigation into former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, his wife Maureen, and their financial relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
In January 2014, DOJ indicted McDonnell and his wife for illegally accepting gifts, vacations, loans and the use of a private jet valued at more than $165,000 in exchange for promoting Star Scientific dietary supplement products. The Judicial Watch lawsuit, filed in accordance with a February 10, 2014, FOIA request, seeks the following:
Any and all records of communications between employees of the Office of the Attorney General, the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and/or the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs with any third parties regarding the investigation and/or prosecution of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, related to their alleged improper acceptance of gifts and loans from a political donor.