Va. taxpayers foot bill for Governor's legal defense

POSTED: 11:39 PM Jul 29 2013   UPDATED: 11:06 AM Jul 29 2013
Bob McDonnell

$53,000 -- that's how much Virginia taxpayers owe a private law firm after an investigation into Governor Bob McDonnell.

A Richmond, Virginia law firm sent two invoices in June to the republican governor's office for the more than three-month long inquiry.

The inquiry looked into gifts McDonnell’s family received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. The investigation ultimately cleared the governor of violating state law.

The bills represent a combined 225 and a half hours of work by the lawyers from April 26 through May 31.