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Williams Says He Knew Giving McDonnells Gifts Was Wrong

Jonnie Williams, the star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, told prosecutors he gave the family over $150,000 worth of gifts and loans because they were helping his company. Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific, said he knew what he was doing was wrong and could be illegal.

When asked about a 6,000 dollar Rolex he purchased for Governor McDonnell at Maureen’s request he told prosecutors “I shouldn’t have to buy things like that to get the help I needed."

Williams was seeking clinical trials from state universities for his anti-inflamatory supplement Anatabloc and said a 2011 launch event at the Governor’s mansion lent him credibility. Williams has been granted full immunity from federal prosecution in exchange for his testimony.