The loans were extended by the diet supplement maker to a real estate company the governor operated with his sister to manage rental properties they owned in the
McDonnell said he saw nothing wrong with the loans because Williams hadn't asked him to do anything on his behalf and his administration hadn't done the businessman any favors.
Williams testified earlier that he and the governor agreed the loans would be granted on a handshake and kept just between the two of them.
McDonnell today denied that claim. "There was no such discussion with
He said he tried to get the terms of the loans in writing, but that never occurred.
He said he did not disclose the Williams loans on his annual financial disclosure statement because they were corporate loans for which he had no personal liability.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with soliciting more than
McDonnell also was asked today about emails linking him to proposed clinical trials of Williams' tobacco-based supplement Anatabloc at the state medical schools at
Toward that end, he distributed
Six months later,
McDonnell said today that was one of several occasions when the first lady invoked his name without his knowledge or approval.
"I did not say that to my wife," he said.
Nevertheless, the governor emailed that same aide a week later: "Pls see me about anatabloc issues at VCU and UVA."
The aide emailed back: "will do. We need to be careful with this issue."
Asked about that exchange today, McDonnell said he considered his request a matter of "constituent service."
Williams "deserved the courtesy of at least a call back if he had given
On the same night he sent that email, McDonnell emailed Williams to inquire about the status of the pending loan for the
The former governor was also asked today about a meeting he attended in
McDonnell said he had been taking Anatabloc three to five times a day at the time and discussed the product briefly at the meeting.
"I told them it was a
Two state officials who attended that meeting testified about it earlier in the trial. One of them,
McDonnell said today he is unsure whether he made such a request.
"I don't have a clear recollection of that," he said.
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