It is an intersection of politics, an accused crime and a sitting governor. It is an intersection that currently meets at one Virginia's most historic buildings, the Governor's Mansion.
The embezzlement case surrounding former Executive Chef Todd Schneider is making life difficult for Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli.
NBC12's Investigative Reporter Rachel DePompa examines how the case and it's many connections are pulling back the curtain at the home of Virginia's governor. It is a world that is not much different from the many governor's who have lived their before, but one seldom seen by the average public.
Here is Rachel's report for NBC12:
RICHMOND (WWBT)- Tomorrow a judge will hear arguments on whether state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli can remove his office from a case that's become a political scandal.
The FBI is even asking questions. And it all started with a cook in the kitchen. There hasn't even been a hearing, but the back and forth of court documents really illustrates the fishbowl that the first family lives in at the Executive Mansion. That fishbowl is opening up their private lives in a way we've never seen before.
Todd Schneider claims he's a whistle blower and the charges against him are retaliation. State Police have charged the ex-chef with four counts of embezzling property from the 200 year-old Executive Mansion. For the first time ever, we are peering inside its windows and scratching at closed doors.
In court documents lawyers are already offering up tidbits: accusing the governor's sons of taking Gatorade and protein powder from the mansion to their college dorms. Lawyers accuse one of the governor's daughters of taking booze for a private party. There are even accusations that the governor's wife gave away pots and pans.
"Nobody has really tried like the lawyers for ex-chef are going to try, to sort of pull the cover back from a lot of the things that go on at the mansion," said local attorney and political analyst Paul Goldman. He helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor. He even got married inside the executive mansion.
"I mean when the Indians bring the turkey (at Thanksgiving) nobody's asking what happened to the bones and the legs. You have a lot of power people over to the mansion. The governor is wining and dinning, cutting some political deals."
He says it goes on in every administration: the booze, food, catering and parties
"Yes it's public money and it's appropriated, but that's hallowed ground. Everybody knows that you stay out of governor's mansion," said Goldman.
Read Rachel's entire story on NBC12.com
Even though it maybe the goal of the Attorney General's office, it will be very difficult to keep the Chef case from becoming political.
His office won't talk about the case specifically, but a spokesman told us via e-mail that the office is doing the best it can to keep the focus of the case in the courtroom.
"Like every other criminal prosecution this office handles, this case will be tried in court and not in the media," said Brian Gottstein, the Attorney General's Director of Communication.
I'll be in the courtroom tomorrow for the hearing. We will have updates here and on my twitter page.