ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA9) - Prosecutors will not retry former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, on corruption charges, the Justice Department said Thursday.
After careful consideration of the Supreme Court's decision, prosecutors said they decided not to pursue the case further.
The governor released a statement Thursday afternoon following the announcement and said it was a day of “thanksgiving.”
It read, in part:
Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice. More than 3 1/2 years after learning of an investigation, the final day of vindication has arrived. I have deep gratitude to the justices of the United States Supreme Court for their unanimous June reversal of the convictions. Today, I express my appreciation to the US Department of Justice for applying the correct rule of law articulated by the Supreme Court, and asking for these cases to be dismissed. I thank them for doing justice for me, my family, my friends, my Commonwealth and its servants, and for all those involved in the democratic process.
Throughout this ordeal I have strongly proclaimed my innocence. I would never do, nor consider doing, anything that would violate the trust of the citizens of Virginia I served during 22 years in state elected office. These wrongful convictions were based on a false narrative and incorrect law.
He said that he was a “heartbroken man” nearly four years ago when this case began, but added that he has “become grateful for this experience of suffering.”
“We have the finest law enforcement officers and best justice system in the world in the United States of America,” the governor wrote. “It usually gets it right in the end.”
McDonnell said he does not know what the future holds but that he has a new chapter with four grandchildren, a new small business, new friends and new ministry opportunities.
The former governor’s legal team released the following statement:
We have said from the very first day that Bob McDonnell is an innocent man. After a long ordeal traversing the entire legal system, that truth has finally prevailed. We are thrilled Governor McDonnell can finally move on from the nightmare of the last three years and begin rebuilding his life. We are also grateful for the decision of the Department of Justice to decline to re-prosecute Governor McDonnell following the Supreme Court’s June ruling. We believe that the Department brought this case in good faith based on its view of the law as it existed at the time. We applaud the Department’s recognition that the interests of justice are now best served by bringing this case to a close.