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McDonnell questioned about friendship with exec and alleged corruption

Published:Wednesday | August 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (right) kisses his daughter Cailin as they arrive at Federal Court in Richmond, Virginia, yesterday.

VIRGINIA (AP):

Prosecutors yesterday questioned former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell about his friendship with a Virginia businessman whose generosity is at the heart of the ex-governor's corruption trial.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's tobacco-based dietary supplement.

Prosecutors allege that Williams was not so much a personal friend to McDonnell as he was a source of cash to the McDonnells, who carried large personal debts. In cross-examining McDonnell yesterday, they pointed out numerous documents and emails in which McDonnell routinely misspelled Williams' first name.

McDonnell has testified he came to see Williams as a friend, and that he provided nothing more than routine political courtesies to Williams.