The Department of Justice will not retry former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on corruption charges.
In 2014, McDonnell was found guilty of accepting gifts in exchange for political favors. He was sentenced to two years in prison. However, the Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction unanimously in June after they found that the jury in the initial trial had received faulty instructions about what constitutes bribery under federal law.
New: Obama DOJ drops corruption case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell, after SCOTUS overturned conviction.— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) September 8, 2016
Huge loss for Obama DOJ.
MSNBC's Ari Melber pointed out that dropping the charges would hurt the Obama DOJ.
This has been a long 3 years. Bob McDonnell wasn't just my boss; he's my friend. He did a lot of good for Va. And today I'm relieved for him— Tucker Martin (@jtuckermartin) September 8, 2016
Some Twitter users were happy the former governor had been let off the hook.