McDonnell says daughter returned $15K wedding gift

McDonnell says daughter returned $15K wedding gift

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McDonnell says daughter returned $15K wedding gift

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 10:32 AM

RICHMOND (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell says that his daughter Cailin has returned the $15,000 check that Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams gave her for her wedding two years ago.

The governor is under federal and state investigations for the relationship Williams has with Virginia's first family and the thousands of dollars' worth of gifts they received from Williams. McDonnell had announced Tuesday he plans to return all gifts still in the family's possession.

That includes a $6,500 Rolex watch, 28-year-old Cailin's wedding gift and a $10,000 check to McDonnells' eldest daughter, 32-year-old Jeanine, for her May wedding that has already been returned to Williams.

McDonnell told reporters Wednesday he hasn't calculated the total value of the gifts being returned to Williams or settled on a timetable for returning the gifts.

On Tuesday, McDonnell said he would return remaining gifts to himself and his family received over several years.

He defended the gifts, however, citing the letter of Virginia's ethics law. He said he didn't disclose the gifts because it wasn't legally required.

AP-WF-07-31-13 1419GMT

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