Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair


Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia’s former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions – but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.

Former dietary supplements company chief Jonnie Williams testified Thursday that he did not have a romantic relationship with former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s wife, Maureen. A defense attorney had said earlier this week that the McDonnells’ marriage was on the rocks and she had developed a crush on Williams.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count federal indictment with taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s products.

Williams is testifying for the prosecution under immunity. He’ll be back on the stand to answer defense attorneys’ questions Friday.

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