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Analysis: What Is The Hobbs Act And How Does It Apply To The McDonnell Case?

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Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell says he will fight federal corruption charges made Tuesday against him and his wife. Prosecutors say the McDonnells illegally received thousands of dollars in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's products. McDonnell says he hasn't broken any laws.

Seven of the 14 charges filed against the McDonnells fall under a federal law called the Hobbs Act, which was enacted in 1946. Randall Eliason, who teaches at George Washington University Law School and was previously chief of the public corruption section at the U.S. Attorneys office, discusses the Hobbs Act with WAMU's Pat Brogan.

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