Ex-Chef Alleged Wrongdoing by McDonnells to FBI
Former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider told FBI agents and state investigators more than a year ago that he had information of “wrongdoing” by Gov. Bob McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell and discussed with authorities their relationship to Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, according to a court filing in Schneider’s felony embezzlement case.
The dismissal motion that Schneider’s attorneys filed Monday in Richmond Circuit Court, also argues that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli pursued an indictment of Schneider despite having, months earlier, “conflicting personal, financial and political interests more substantial and pervasive” than the conflicts the attorney general’s office cited last week in a brief seeking to withdraw from the case.
The declarations in Schneider’s dismissal motion indicate an investigative inquiry — outside of Schneider’s embezzlement case — that further complicates the already complex relationship between Williams, the McDonnells and Cuccinelli.