He did concede, in answer to a question from one of his defense attorneys, that he took too many gifts from Williams and regrets it.
"I allowed my life to get out of balance so that my judgment was not what it should have been," he said. "That was my error, and I take responsibility for it."
McDonnells' attorneys expect to finish presenting their evidence Wednesday. After that, attorneys for the former governor's wife, Maureen, will present their case.
Earlier today, a prosecutor bored in on McDonnell's interactions with Williams in a painstaking cross-examination on the trial's 22nd day.
Williams was frustrated at the time that the proposed studies appeared to be stalled.
Dry asked McDonnell: How many other times had any business person he dealt with as governor loaned his family
None, McDonnell replied.
How many had made loans to a real estate company he operated with his sister?
None, McDonnell said.
How many treated him to free golf outings at an exclusive country club?
None, McDonnell said.
Dry then asked: Did you see Williams as unique?
If the prosecutor was suggesting a connection between Williams' money and the proposed Anatabloc studies, McDonnell replied, "you're completely off base."
As he has done in previous testimony, he described the actions he took on Williams' behalf as "basic constituent service."
Eige responded to the governor's email with an admonition that "we need to be careful with this issue."
Dry asked McDonnell why he didn't tell his legal counsel or his other senior aides about the Williams loans. "I don't talk about my personal finances with my subordinates," McDonnell replied.
The former governor repeated what he has said before: The loans, gifts and luxury vacations Williams showered on McDonnell and his family had no bearing on any actions McDonnell took on the businessman's behalf. Williams was treated just like any other
"Whether they gave a dime or gave nothing or gave a million dollars, they were treated the same," he said.
Pointing out that the real estate company McDonnell owned with his sister lost between
"Why do you think he did it?" Dry asked.
"He expected to get paid back with interest," McDonnell replied.
The loans were in fact paid back, after the criminal investigation into the McDonnells' relationship with Williams became known.
At another point today, Dry contrasted the operation of the McDonnells' real estate company with the ex-governor's rhetoric about fiscal conservatism.
McDonnell and his sister both testified that they made a business decision to cover the annual shortfalls incurred by the rental properties they owned in the
As a counterpoint, prosecutors played a video clip for the jury of an interview McDonnell gave
Hannity told the governor he was impressed with how he had pared back
It was just a matter of "using common-sense fiscal principles," a smiling McDonnell told the interviewer. "You can't spend more than you have, or you go broke."
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