2014-08-04T145724Z_1_LYNXMPEA730KU_RTROPTP_2_USA-VIRGINIA-MCDONNELL

Star witness ends testimony in Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – The star witness for the prosecution in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife completed four days of testimony on Monday by detailing financial help he said he had given the couple. At the start of the trial’s second week, Jonnie Williams testified that he looked at his relationship with McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, not as friendship but business. McDonnell and his wife are charged with 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for supporting Williams’ former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. “Was it business to have the governor call your father on his 80th birthday?” asked Henry Asbill, McDonnell’s attorney, as he grilled Williams over his meetings with the governor and his immunity agreement.

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