McDonnell says it "feels good" to be finished following 5 days of testimony

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Nick Ochsner, 13News Now & The Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 6:02 PM

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RICHMOND -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told reporters he felt good after he wrapping up five days of testimony in his federal corruption trial on Tuesday.

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.

"I'm glad I had a couple days to tell the truth and tell our view of the case," McDonnell said. 

The jury may get this case by the end of the week.

Video: McDonnell leaves courthouse after finishing his testimony

In court Tuesday, prosecutors questioned the former governor about his friendship with a Virginia businessman whose generosity is at the heart of the ex-governor's corruption trial.
    
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 on Tuesday, 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.

Dry asked, "How many other companies you promoted or posed with a product loaned you $50,000? $20,000? Given your wife $50,000?" 

"None," McDonnell replied.

Dry asked about loans from Jonnie Williams to MoBo, the real estate company he co-owns with his sister.

"Mr. Dry, if you're suggesting that I got a $50k loan for MoBo so I could get Mr. Williams' calls returned you're completely off base," McDonnell said.

In one sequence, jurors saw emails six minutes apart. McDonnell asked Williams about documents to finalize the loan, and then told his staffer to "see me about anatabloc issues" at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia.
   
McDonnell responded forcefully when questioned about the emails.

"We don't make decisions based on money. No sir," McDonnell said. The most he did for Williams, he said, was try to get in him touch with the proper people who could evaluate his request.

Follow reporter @13NickOchsner, who is inside the courtroom.

 

 

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