McDonnell 'final day of vindication has arrived'

McDonnell 'final day of vindication has arrived'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is calling the decision by federal prosecutors to dismiss his corruption case a "day of vindication," while also speculating on a future life outside of politics.

McDonnell released a statement praising the Department of Justice for choosing not to retry him and his wife on corruption charges following the US Supreme Court's decision in June to throw out the conviction.

"I would never do, nor consider doing, anything that would violate the trust of the citizens of Virginia I served during 22 years in state elected office. These wrongful convictions were based on a false narrative and incorrect law," McDonnell wrote. "Forty-three months ago I was a heartbroken man. I struggled to daily summon the strength to perform my cherished final months of duties as Governor, being accused by my country of committing crimes of which I knew I was innocent. I have learned to be patient, to trust and wait upon the Lord, and to live each day being content with His Daily Bread."

McDonnell said he had "become grateful for this experience of suffering" as a source of reflection and thanked God for teaching him "new lessons about His grace, mercy, and providence."

He also speculated about his own future saying outside the political arena.

"I have begun to consider how I might repurpose my life for further service to my fellow man outside of elected office," McDonnell wrote. "Polls and politics no longer seem that important. People and policies are."

Maureen McDonnell's lawyer also released a statement praising the federal prosecutors' decision and reiterated his client's innocence.

"In these hardest years of her life she has been sustained by her faith in the Lord, the bonds of her family, and the loyalty of her friends," wrote Randy Singer. "Mrs. McDonnell is looking forward to the days ahead. She will be serving with some non-profits, re-planting her roots in the Hampton Roads community, and cherishing her time with her family, including her four grandchildren."

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