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Lawyers Debate McDonnell's Contact With Witnesses

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his daughter, Cailin and her husband, Chris Young, listen during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his daughter, Cailin and her husband, Chris Young, listen during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are arguing over how much contact the McDonnells can have with potential witnesses who are friends or relatives.

The McDonnells' lawyers are seeking to clarify a judge's order barring the couple from speaking with any potential witnesses prior to the July trial on corruption charges.

The couple would like permission to speak with potential witnesses who are family members, friends or longtime business associates.

Prosecutors said they would allow the McDonnells to speak with family members, but not about the upcoming trial.

The government also wants the judge to order the McDonnells not to speak with anyone who is a potential witness.

A judge has not yet ruled on the matter.

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