McDonnells Seemed 'In Love,' Ex-Staffer Testifies | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

McDonnells Seemed 'In Love,' Ex-Staffer Testifies

Play associated audio

The woman who ran the Virginia governor's mansion under former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell testified today that the governor and his wife appeared to be a happy couple. But she may have undercut the government's case on cross-examination.

Sarah Scarbrough took the stand today and said Bob and Maureen McDonnell seemed like a happy couple, very much in love. That testimony was aimed at the defense argument that the couple could not possibly be conspiring with each other because they were barely talking. When defense attorneys cross examined her, though, she acknowledged that several receptions were held at the mansion over the years that specifically catered to private firms, including Volkswagen, the New York Stock Exchange and Forbes magazine.

"The testimony today that other private entities used the governor's mansion to promote their Virginia business is very, very bad for the government's case," says Rich Kelsey, assistant dean at the George Mason Law School.

Scarbrough also acknowledged telling investigators that the marriage seemed to lack healthy communication and describing Maureen McDonnell as "sneaky" and frequently yelling at staff.

NPR

Mia Wasikowska On The Sounds Of Camels And The Lure Of Travel

Melissa Block talks with actress Mia Wasikowska about her new film, Tracks, which follows a woman on a long journey with only camels and a dog for company.
NPR

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.
NPR

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

The president got approval for his plan to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters, but lawmakers didn't approve funds to pay for it or the broader air campaign.
NPR

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Steve Henn of NPR's Planet Money team profiles some entrepreneurs who are working on a novel business model to start up a new tech company. It's pay for service. What a concept.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.