McDonnell: 'Ability to serve' isn't impaired by FBI investigation
April 30th, 2013
10:33 AM ET
9 years ago

McDonnell: 'Ability to serve' isn't impaired by FBI investigation

(CNN) – Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday his personal relationship with a top donor had not affected any government decisions, and that a federal investigation into the relationship would not affect his ability to govern the commonwealth.

His remarks came after reports the FBI is probing ties between the Republican governor and a top campaign donor who paid for catering at McDonnell's daughter's wedding.

The Washington Post reported late Monday that agents were investigating gifts provided to the McDonnells by Jonnie Williams, the chief executive of Star Scientific. They were also determining whether McDonnell had taken any government actions that would have benefited the company.

Acknowledging there was much he wanted to say but couldn't due to the ongoing investigation, McDonnell said there was "nothing going on at all at this time that impairs by ability to do a good job and serve the people of Virginia."

"I've been blessed to have a lot of friends," McDonnell continued on WTOP radio. "Mr. Williams and his wife Celeste have been family friends for four or five years. I think it's important the people of Virginia know that nothing has been done with regard to my relationship to Mr. Williams or his company Star Scientific, to give any kind of special benefits to him or his company, or frankly any other person or any other company."

Star Scientific produces an anti-inflammatory dietary supplement called Anatabloc. The Post reported that McDonnell and his wife hosted a launch party for the product at the Virginia governor's mansion in Richmond in 2011.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    This guy is slick.

    April 30, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    You're corrupt Bob. Just because you're on your way out of the door doesn't mean you can't be prosecuted. Good riddance Gov. Ultrasound.

    April 30, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Since politicians do this sort of thing all the time, McDonnell's actions must've been gleefully disregarding of the time-honored etiquette of the genteel corruption that passes for governance in this country to warrant all this heat. An interesting story, with implications for 2016.

    April 30, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. rs

    Governor Ultrasound may be in trouble, or maybe not. In any event he is just another corrupt Republican that needs to be voted out of office.

    April 30, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "McDonnell: 'Ability to serve' isn't impaired by FBI investigation"

    Of course it's not. It was impaired from the get-go by him being a partisan hack and ideologue. It's hard to "impair" something that's already completely broken.

    April 30, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Jean

    As slick as Menendez.

    April 30, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. much thunder..little rain

    dark horse for gop next presidential election

    April 30, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. rpublicans: not here to help the middle class just here to stir the crap

    i beg to differ, this guys worried more about womens reproductive organs than doing his states citizens a good job.

    April 30, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Larry L

    Crooked Republican Cookbook:

    1. Ask Jesus for forgiveness.
    2. Look like a sad puppy.
    3. Go to work for Fox news.

    April 30, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. ghostriter

    I was gonna say that this is almost like Solyndra, but it clearly is not. Though there may not be anything here, politicians should not receive "gifts" from folks that are likely to gain financially from some proposal the politicians in question have influence on.

    April 30, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Mack

    Please investigate the other family valules guy, Cuccinelli, while you're at it.

    April 30, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. chilly g

    the governor use his influrence to help this guy business and this guy did favors for the governor like paying for
    his daughter catering service and other stuff that will come out during this investion.the governor is dirty.

    April 30, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Thomas

    Another GOP Dud with illusions of being president .

    April 30, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. g

    if dick cheney can get away with it why not every body else

    April 30, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Isn't it a bit odd that someone that you have known for "four or five years" is paying for the catering at your daughter's wedding. Someone that you did not meet until you were running for governer.

    April 30, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Greg

    Hosted a product launch party at the Governor's mansion? That seems to be a bit unorthadox. Guess that's why Williams paid for the wedding reception catering.

    April 30, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |