Wife Agreed to Counseling, says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

Aug 25, 2014

Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell
Credit from Maureen McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says his wife eventually agreed to take medication and undergo mental health counseling amid concerns about her frequent outbursts toward him and her staff.

McDonnell was questioned by his wife's lawyer Monday in federal court in Richmond. The McDonnells are charged with providing special favors to a wealthy vitamin executive who gave him and his family more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

McDonnell acknowledged in questioning that he had dealt with outbursts from his wife for years, and that he didn't do enough to help staffers cope with his wife's erratic behavior. Eventually, he said, Maureen McDonnell agreed to counseling and medication.

The defense has argued that the McDonnells could not have engaged in a criminal conspiracy because they barely spoke to each other.