Bob Mcdonnell Testifies

For­mer Gov. Bob McDon­nell told jurors Wednes­day that the for­mer CEO of a dietary sup­ple­ments maker did not get spe­cial treat­ment from his admin­is­tra­tion. McDon­nell said Star Sci­en­tific founder Jon­nie Williams got lit­tle more than rou­tine access. the for­mer gov­er­nor started his much-anticipated tes­ti­mony Wednes­day. Along with his wife, Mau­reen, the McDonnell’s accused of accept­ing more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for pro­mot­ing his company’s prod­ucts.

Williams was given immu­nity to tes­tify for the pros­e­cu­tion, say­ing he show­ered the McDonnell’s with gifts and loans to con­vince them to help him gain accep­tance and state-backed research for his company’s tobacco-based anti-inflammatory prod­uct. The for­mer governor’s lawyers say that Mau­reen McDon­nell acted largely on her own to pro­mote the product.