Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says he feels vindicated after his corruption conviction was overturned and the case was dropped, he told NBC News' Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview.
"Liberals and conservatives agreeing that this was an improper application of the federal statutes - that they were overboard...I know in my heart, Chuck, I never believed that anything that I did was wrong or illegal," McDonnell said in an exclusive interview airing on MSNBC's "MTP Daily" on Friday.
On Thursday, prosecutors said they would drop all charges against Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The U.S. Attorney's Office posted on Twitter, "After carefully considering the Supreme Court’s recent decision and the principles of federal prosecution, we have made the decision not to pursue this case further.."
A jury convicted Bob McDonnell two years ago for accepting $175,000 in cash and gifts from businessman Jonnie Williams, who was peddling a diet supplement made from tobacco.
"I complied with state reporting statutes, I set up meetings for donors, non-donors, thousands of times, so that I thought that I was trying to help this Virginia business do something that was good for the people," McDonnell said.
"I knew this day would come, because I also believe that my core that he didn't break the lock," said Former Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Kelly. "And I also couldn't let myself not believe in the criminal justice system. I had to believe that it would work itself out eventually."
McDonnell has speculated about his own future 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."
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