Ex-Va. governor seeks FDA, SEC files on witness

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:37 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorneys are seeking documents from two federal agencies that they hope they can use to attack the credibility of the government's expected star witness in McDonnell's public corruption case.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the head of a dietary supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. They've pleaded not guilty. Their trial is set for July 28.

Defense attorneys filed papers late Thursday asking a federal judge in Richmond to issue subpoenas for Food and Drug Administration and Securities and Exchange Commission files on Star Scientific Inc. and its former CEO, Jonnie Williams. Both agencies have investigated the company.

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McDonnell's attorneys say those documents will be essential to evaluating Williams' testimony.