Former Star Scientific CEO
The effort had bogged down, Williams said, and he hoped the governor would re-invigorate it.
"(The governor) said -- he called me and he said, 'I'm following up on the situation over at
The governor needed that money because rental properties he co-owned in
"I didn't want anyone to know what I was doing," Williams said. "It may be wrong. I think it's wrong. It could be wrong. It could be violating laws."
The governor said it was fine with him to keep it secret, Williams said, but in the end Williams said he couldn't find a way to use the stock. He wrote checks instead, which he said he now regrets.
He also falsified a disclosure form used to put together Star Scientific's annual reports to share holders. The form specificially asked whether Williams was making any payments to public officials "to recieve favorable treatment."
"I was making payments," Williams said today.
"In exchange for what," Assistant U.S. Attorney
"To help our company," he said.
Williams also testified that he was never friends with the governor, despite
Williams will continue his testimony this afternoon. It's unclear whether his admissions will be enough to convince a jury the McDonnells are guilty of the federal corruption charges against them.
The defense has not yet had a chance to question Williams in court, but the McDonnells' attorneys have said he's lying to get a full immunity deal from the government.
This is a breaking news update, filed during the trial's lunch break. Keep reading for coverage from this morning, and background on the case.
Former Star Scientific CEO
"The McDonnells were not my personal friends," he said. "I thought it was good for our company."
Williams also said it was a mistake to buy an engraved Rolex watch for the governor, which
"I thought it was wrong," Williams said. "It was a bad idea for anyone to know that."
"I shouldn't of had to buy things like that to get the help I needed," he testified. "It was a bad business decision."
Williams will continue his testimony today as the U.S. government tries to prove its corruption case against the former governor and his wife. Attorneys for the McDonnells have accused Williams of being a liar, saying he changed his story a number of times to extract a stronger immunity deal from prosecutors.
They have said
Williams testified yesterday, and in more detail this morning, that he wanted the credibility and prestige of the governor's office behind his effort to get state research hospitals to study anatabloc, a tobacco-derived supplement he believes has significant health value.
The state didn't agree to the study, and Williams never got the grant funding he hoped for from the state's tobacco commission, which doles out economic development grants. Williams said the governor thought going to the commission was a good idea, though, and Williams said he hired former attorney general
He also doled out
He told prosecutors that it was held after he had given the McDonnells a
He also let the governor borrow his
"She said, 'It'd just be nice," Williams recounted. "'You know, we never get to do things like that.'"
Williams said he aquiesced to this, and the first lady's other requests, because he wanted her and the governor to attend various events, set up meetings and generally support his efforts to promote and study anatabloc.
Their support "sends a signal to those medical schools that this is important," he said. Williams wanted doctors at state hospitals "to see that
This is a breaking news update, filed during the trial's morning break. Check back for updates.
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