Dept. of Justice

Former Governor Bob McDonnell Files for Divorce

Defense in Giftgate Case Focused on Stress in their Marriage

January 08, 2019 - 9:25 am

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has filed for divorce from his wife of 42 years.  The Virginian-Pilot reportst McDonnell confirmed to the paper that he filed the paperwork.  He declined to comment further. 

Online court records show that a Robert Francis McDonnell filed for divorce against Maureen Gardner McDonnell in November. The attorney listed for Bob McDonnell, Reeves Mahoney, did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.  Nancy White, supervisor of the Virginia Beach Circuit Court's civil division, told the AP by phone that a judge has sealed the case. 

The McDonnells were convicted of public corruption in 2014 after federal investigators said the family received more than $170,000 in gifts, cash or loans from a businessman. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned their convictions. 

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