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McDonnell Blames 'Unjust Overreach' By Feds For His Troubles

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McDonnell said that although he did accept gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, former CEO of Star Scientific, he did not reward Williams with favorable treatment from the state government.

"I never promised -- and Mr. Williams and his company never received -- any government benefit of any kind from me or my Administration," McDonnell said. "We did not violate the law, and I will use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations, and to prevail against this unjust overreach of the federal government."