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Federal prosecutors have told outgoing Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell that he and his wife will face charges in connection with a gift scandal.The Washington Post reports that senior officials in the justice department agreed to delay the decision after attorney's for the governor made a face-to-face appeal in Washington.

The Post report says DanaBonte, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, had planned to ask for an indictment from a grand jury this past Monday.

The governor and his wife Maureen have been tied to allegations that they worked together to promote a dietary supplement company in exchange for gifts and loans from its chief executive. McDonnell's attorney's claim the governor has done nothing wrong.

The Post report also claims attorneys for the governor asked for a delay in potential charges until after the January 11th swearing in of Terry McAuliffe as the new governor.

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