He said he didn't know the full extent of his wife's investment in Williams' company, how much contact they had or how thoroughly she was supporting that company, Star Scientific, as the first lady of
As his attorney continued to walk him through much of the "quid" in the alleged quid pro quo relationship with Williams, McDonnell explained each one away.
During loan talks, they didn't discuss Williams' desire to move things along at the University of
They never talked about keeping the loans a secret, either, McDonnell said, despite what Williams testified earlier in this trial.
The trip to Chathams Bar, which Williams paid for and let the governor and his wife invite friends to as well, seemed like a friendly offer. Was it wrong that Williams paid? McDonnell attorney
"No," McDonnell replied.
The governor said he and his wife paid Williams' brother,
As for the
Time and again this morning, McDonnell said Williams didn't ask him for any official actions as the two discussed loans, or spent time together on expensive trips and dinners. They have not yet discussed, in detail, what the governor's role may have been in a pair of mansion events Williams to which Williams was allowed to invite guests, and which he used to promote Anatabloc.
They have covered the meetings McDonnell set with state officials, which prosecutors allege to be part of the "quo" in a bribery conspiracy. McDonnell has said they were routine meetings, the sort he would arrange for any
Former administration officials have backed that up.
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