Witness opposite ex-Va. gov had limits: no Range Rover

RICHMOND, Va. — The prosecution’s star witness in a sovereign crime hearing of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had a extent on his generosity, he pronounced in testimony Thursday.

When Maureen McDonnell asked Jonnie Ray Williams, a arch executive of Virginia-based Star Scientific who lavished a administrator and his mother with some-more than $150,000 in gifts and loans, to buy their daughter a automobile and sell Maureen McDonnell a Range Rover during a discount, he declined, observant it was too much.

The testimony bolstered his explain Wednesday that a McDonnells were a ones with their hands out and that he usually gave them most of what they asked for. Williams pronounced he did it only to get entrance to a administrator in hopes of persuading him to get state researchers to investigate his product, Anatabloc.

It was a sheer contrariety to a approach a McDonnells’ lawyers characterized Williams’ actions in justice Tuesday.

Maureen McDonnell’s lawyers called him a master pimp who filled a blank of a unsuccessful marriage. But Williams pronounced a attribute was quite business.

“He’s a politician. I’m a businessman.” Williams said. He called permitting a administrator to use his private Lear jet a common use in Virginia.

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“If you’re a Virginia company, we make certain we have access” to politicians, he said.

Williams strew a opposite light on Maureen McDonnell’s barbarous Apr 13, 2011 selling outing to New York where he purchased dual Oscar de la Renta dresses, dual pairs of Louis Vuitton shoes, a Louis Vuitton purse, raincoat, and other intemperate gifts for for Virginia’s then-first lady. Williams pronounced it was Maureen McDonnell who pushed for a trip.

When Williams was invited to a governor’s palace for cooking Apr 29, 2011, he pronounced he went so that he could representation his product to a governor.

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Four days later, Williams pronounced he went to a governor’s palace after Maureen McDonnell called. She told him she wanted to speak about a dietary addition his association manufactured. There, he pronounced Maureen McDonnell explained that she and her father were in financial difficulty and that they were deliberating filing for failure though that a administrator suspicion that was a bad idea.

“She became really romantic during this point,” Williams said. “She pronounced to me, ‘I have a credentials in nutritive supplements. The administrator pronounced it’s OK for me to assistance you. But we need to assistance me.’ “

Williams pronounced she asked for a $50,000 loan and afterwards asked him to compensate a $15,000 catering change for her daughter Cailin’s wedding.

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He pronounced he would extend her ask though initial pronounced that he indispensable to check with a governor.

“Before we gave her $65,000 in dual checks, we indispensable to make certain her father knew,” Williams said. “He’s a breadwinner. I’m not essay a check to his mother unless he knows about it.”

Williams pronounced he told Bob McDonnell about a checks and a administrator pronounced appreciate you.

U.S. Attorney Michael Dry asked Williams because he concluded to loan $50,000 to Bob McDonnell.

“I indispensable his assistance with testing” his product, Williams said. And a governor’s support would give nutritive addition Antabloc some-more credibility.

When a charge is finished doubt Williams, a McDonnells’ lawyers are approaching to broach a clever interrogate attempting to destroy his credibility. In Tuesday’s opening statements, a invulnerability pronounced Williams can't be devoted and altered his story 9 times.

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