"I don't want any citizen to think that these gifts have in any
way created undue influence," McDonnell said.
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A Virginia company CEO has showered the governor and his family with presents - like a Rolex watch and a lake house vacation - and thousands of dollars of money, in gifts and loans, for several years. McDonnell insists he has "followed the law," he said on WTOP.}
"I am first of all on repairing any loss of trust that I have experienced with the citizens," McDonnell said. "I have said I am embarrassed with some of the decisions that have been made by me or my family that have undermined that trust."
While he said he has returned the almost $125,000 Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams lent the McDonnells, the governor is "working with counsel" to return the other gifts. His daughter also gave back Williams' wedding gift - a $10,000 check.
McDonnell pushed back against
criticism he helped Williams' advance his business - the governor and his
wife support all Virginia business, he said.