Jonnie Williams, the dietary supplement manufacturer who gave former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen over $150,000 in gifts and loans while seeking clinical trials from state universities, took the stand today in their corruption trial.
In 2011 Williams hand-delivered Maureen McDonnell a $50,000 check to help cover the mortgage at their vacation house in Virginia Beach. When the prosecution asked about his motivations for the gift and whether he considered the McDonnell’s friends he replied “No, this was a business relationship.”
Williams has been granted full immunity from federal prosecution in exchange for his testimony against Bob and Maureen McDonnell. The former Virginia first couple’s separate defense teams attacked Williams credibility in opening arguments Tuesday and are sure to do so again during cross examination Thursday.