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Defense Rests in McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Could Begin Thursday

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:56:07 +0000

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The defense rested in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday, and closing arguments could begin as soon as Thursday.

McDonnell is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for special treatment of a businessman from Star Scientific. The CEO of the company testified earlier in the trial that he believes he was given access and a platform at the governor's mansion to promote a nutritional supplement.

McDonnell denied those claims earlier in the trial, saying he accepted the gifts but did not offer special treatment. He also spoke of the toll that his position as governor took on his marriage.

On Wednesday, the 23rd day of the trial, the McDonnells' daughter took the stand. The Washington Post says that Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky discussed the tension between her parents when she was growing up.

McDonnell's daughter also said that the money she was given, she returned upon finding out that the businessman involved in the trial "was a criminal," according to the Washington Post.

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