Morning Read: Cuccinelli Wants to Be Excused From Governor's Chef Embezzlement Case

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli asked a judge to recuse his office from a case in which a former chef at the Virginia governor’s mansion was charged with embezzlement.

Cuccinelli did not specify why he wanted to be excused from the case, but his request, according to the Washington Post, follows a motion that the chef, Todd Schneider, filed to seek information on gifts that Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family had accepted from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the CEO of Star Scientific.

Reports show that Williams paid the $15,000 catering bill at McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding, which Schneider catered through his private company. (McDonnell did not disclose this gift, which he was not legally required to do, since it was a gift to his family.)

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Schneider’s motion also suggested McDonnell’s wife and children had taken more food, liquor and pots from the mansion’s kitchen than they were entitled to.

Williams gave Cuccinelli $13,000 in personal gifts in two years, and the attorney general’s request for recusal likely has to do with him wanting to make a break from the beleaguered company ahead of the gubernatorial election.

Star Scientific is currently the subject of a federal securities investigation and two shareholder lawsuits.

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