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McDonnell’s spokesman denies resignation report

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Jul 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-08 14:35:26-04

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s spokesman hit back at rumors this weekend that the Republican governor will resign over a slew of recent allegations involving possible ethics violations.

A conservative blog, The Bearing Drift, reported Saturday that McDonnell will step down as part of a plea deal. McDonnell has been under investigation by the FBI for his relationship with a certain donor who has provided multiple gifts to the governor and his family.

But the FBI has not made any announcements about the investigation, nor has it given any indication that the governor will be charged.

McDonnell’s spokesman, Tucker Martin, responded on Twitter late Saturday night, saying the report was “false.”

McDonnell acknowledged in a radio interview in late April there was much he wanted to say about the allegations but couldn’t due to the ongoing FBI investigation. The governor said there was “nothing going on at all at this time that impairs my ability to do a good job and serve the people of Virginia.”

The governor could face questions Tuesday morning when he appears on another radio program with the Norfolk station WNIS for an “Ask the Governor” special.

CNN’s Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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