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Bob McDonnell Decision Delayed By Justice Department Officials, Report Says

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press in front of a statue of George Washington at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb.  5, 20
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press in front of a statue of George Washington at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Richmond, Va. McDonnell called for a yes vote on his transportation bill. The House approved the legislation. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Federal prosecutors told Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell last week that he and his wife would be charged in connection with a gift scandal, but senior Justice Department officials delayed the decision after the McDonnells’ attorneys made a face-to-face appeal in Washington, according to people familiar with the case.

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