In the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, testimony has concluded by the prosecution’s star witness, Jonnie Williams. Williams, a former pharmaceutical company CEO, gave four days of testimony in which he said he had a business relationship with the McDonnells, not a personal one. He said he gave the former first couple over $150,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for help to advance his products.
The trial is expected to last at least five weeks with testimony from other current and former elected officials, former staff members for the McDonnells, their financial advisor, as well as the former Governor himself.
McDonnell is expected to argue that there was no government action undertaken on Williams’ behalf that showed evidence of corruption.