McDonnell Trial Focuses In on Finances

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — Former Gov. McDonnell walked into the courtroom on Friday morning and passed right by his wife, Maureen, without a word.

The day's testimony has been more technical, focused on finances.

E-mails, text messages, handwritten notes between Bob McDonnell and businessman Jonnie Williams have been presented as evidence during Friday mornings proceedings.

One line of questioning focused in on loans from Williams for McDonnell's real estate company.

McDonnell said he didn't see it as inappropriate, "I trusted him"

The former governor testified that Williams hadn't asked him for anything, "All he asked me to do was call his father for his 80th birthday, and I did."

McDonnell also testified this morning that he never owned Star Scientific stock, and he did not tell Williams he did. This contradicts testimony from Williams that McDonnell had told him that.

McDonnell has been testifying in his own defense since Wednesday as the direct examination has proved to be quite lengthy.

The former governor seems to be handling the testimony well on Friday. During the morning break, he chatted with courtroom sketch artist, matching his tie shade. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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