Witness: Ex-Va. first lady touted state businesses

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney, John Brownlee, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014,  in Richmond, Va. The defense continues to present its case in the McDonnell's corruption case.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney, John Brownlee, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The defense continues to present its case in the McDonnell's corruption case. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A defense witness says former first lady Maureen McDonnell often traveled the state promoting Virginia businesses, countering the notion that she gave special treatment to the dietary supplement company at the heart of her corruption trial.

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Maureen McDonnell, sister of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, arrives at federal court  in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell testified during the corruption trial of her brother. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting the gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Maureen McDonnell, sister of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell testified during the corruption trial of her brother. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting the gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are accused in federal court of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for using their office to promote his tobacco-based supplement, Anatabloc.

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Todd Haymore testified that he often traveled the state with Maureen McDonnell to promote Virginia’s wine industry, sometimes promoting specific companies by name.

Prosecutors argue that the McDonnells gave special treatment to Williams’ company by setting up meetings for him and hosting an event for him at the governor’s mansion.

 

 

 

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