The Governor would not get into specifics about the case, but vowed that despite the thousands of dollars in gifts that he has received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams -- the company has had to play by the same set of rules as everyone else.
The Post broke the story late last night, and the AP followed up with a similar report today, confirming with Federal sources that the FBI is examining McDonnell's relationship with Williams and whether it opened the door to the government providing the company special benefits.
On WTOP, McDonnell pointed out that the only economic development grants given to Star-Scientific came during the Warner administration. He admitted that he and Williams are close friends, but said that relationship does not give him special access.
"I think it is important that the people of Virginia know that nothing has been done with regard to my relationship with Mr. Williams or his company Star-Scientific that would give any kind of special benefits to him or his company," McDonnell said.
The FBI investigation comes against the backdrop of the embezzlement case involving McDonnell's former executive chef Todd Schneider.
Schneider was paid by Williams to cater McDonnell's daughter's wedding. His attorney filed a motion yesterday to have the case dismissed because of a conflict interest involving Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. That case will have a hearing later this week.