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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, left, is escorted out of Federal court by a security officer after a motions hearing in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 19, 2014.
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, left, is escorted out of Federal court by a security officer after a motions hearing in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 19, 2014.

Members of the jury have been selected in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.

Opening statements are expected this morning in the trial, in which Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.

The witness list and the government's list of exhibits were filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond before the opening of the McDonnells' trial.

Federal prosecutors brought a list of 61 potential witnesses in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife.

Among those on the witness list are Maureen McDonnell and the couple's three children, Sean, Rachel and Bobby.

McDonnell was a rising national star in the Republican party and was considered a possible Mitt Romney running mate in 2012 before the federal investigation ruined his political future. He has apologized for what he described as bad judgment and repaid about $120,000 in gifts and loans, but has denied breaking any laws.

The trial is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with instructions to the jury.

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