Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Scandal

The FBI has begun investigating the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell “ultrasound” and his wife Maureen and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of a federal investigation, two people with knowledge of the review said Monday.

Federal authorities began questioning people close to the McDonnells as an outgrowth of a securities probe of Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc., said the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because their roles in the case preclude them from speaking publicly.

They said FBI agents have asked questions about gifts the McDonnells have received from company CEO Jonnie Williams and whether the Republican governor or his administration aided the company in return.

Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell  has been nicknamed   “Governor Ultrasound” by requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion.

According to a study by the Guttmacher institute, Virginia is the eighth state to require medical providers to administer ultrasounds on women before performing abortions. In Texas, the provider must also display and describe the image of the ultrasound.  23 other states have some type of requirement that a woman be offered a view of an ultrasound before an abortion can be performed.

Virginia Democrats has blasted McDonnell for signing the bill, urging opponents of the legislation to contribute to the Democratic party as a means of fighting back.

“The overwhelming public response to the radical agenda that Republican extremists in Richmond and in Washington are trying to force on American families has left many right-wing politicians looking for a way to dodge accountability for their actions — until they can find away to change the subject,” said Brian Moran, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, in a statement.