Ex-Virginia governor's appeal backed by former Obama lawyers

Created: 11/17/2015 10:53 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell's position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Other signers include 66 former state attorneys general, 63 current or former Virginia state legislators, U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell and three former governors — Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Jan Brewer of Arkansas and Sonny Perdue of Georgia.

McDonnell argues that he never took any official action to benefit a wealthy businessman who showered him and his family with more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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