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Ex-Mansion Director Offers Testimony in McDonnell Case

During sworn testimony Thursday in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, the ex-director of the governor's mansion said the former first lady did not believe her gifts should be tracked because she was not an elected official. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are accused of accepting over $150,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for the state's assistance in advancing his drug Anatabloc. Sarah Scarborough, former Director of the Virginia governor's mansion, says Mrs. McDonnell was angry at her for tracking her gifts. Under Virginia law, the governor’s family does not have to report gifts. Scarborough said the former Governor "worshipped the ground his wife walked on," countering the defense claim that the McDonnells could not have conspired because their marriage was in trouble and they were barely speaking.