Former Governor is Cross-Examined by the Prosecution

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV)-- Former governor Bob McDonnell has been in the hot seat as he was cross examined by the prosecutor trying to put him behind bars on Aug. 26.

The courtroom seemed tense and often testy. Former Gov. McDonnell and the prosecutor were going head to head. They sparred over everything from loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams to 'Mobo', and a real estate company owned by McDonnell and his sister.

The prosecutor, Michael Dry, focused largely on Mobo's financial problems, trying to insinuate that Williams offered loans to Mobo because of the Governor, not because of a business investment. Dry
also focused on disclosures of stocks and loans, which included pulling the governor's 2011 tax returns as evidence. This was a move by the prosecutor trying to show the governor was secretive, and acted deceptively to avoid disclosures.

McDonnell was careful not to walk into any traps, and chose his words carefully while on the stand.

Dry quoted a line from McDonnell's inaugural speech at the end of his cross-examination, citing scripture: "to whom much is given, much will be required." then, Dry asked: "Jonnie Williams gave approximately $177,000 in gifts and loans to you and your family, didn't he?" McDonnell: "yes." Dry: "no further questions."


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