Testimony for the day wrapped up with Robert F. McDonnell recounting things he had done for businesses other than Star Scientific while he was governor.
He said he would make visits to all sorts of Virginia enterprises – battery factories to ice cream shops – to promote economic growth at a time of deep recession. Sometimes he would award them an economic development grant or take part in a ground-breaking.
Did he ever visit Star, asked his attorney, Henry Asbill?
McDonnell said he had not.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, did host an executive mansion luncheon in 2011 to mark the appearance of Star’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc, in stores. Asbill asked McDonnell whether he had hosted other companies at the mansion. McDonnell recalled events done for Sabra hummus and Volkswagen.
With that, Asbill said he was ready to launch into a new topic: the McDonnells’ marriage. Judge Spencer suggested that he save that for tomorrow, and court was dismissed for the day.
Along with his legal team, McDonnell left the courthouse with two longtime friends who had served as character witnesses for the former governor earlier in the day. One of them is a Catholic priest who reiterated for the reporters who swarmed them that he thought Bob McDonnell was a man of strong moral character.
One reporter asked McDonnell, “How did you get yourself into this mess?”
“Well,” McDonnell replied, “We’ve got a couple more days to talk about that.”