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Va. gov says he'll return other gifts from donor

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 11:50am  ET

Bob McDonnell (WTOP/Kristi King)
Gov. Bob McDonnell answered questions about loans and gifts he accepted while in office. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell (runs 55 min.)


RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will return remaining gifts to himself and his family from a major campaign donor and businessman who lavished Virginia's first family with tens of thousands of dollars in gifts for years.

McDonnell also said Tuesday on his monthly call-in show on Washington's WTOP radio that he repaid nearly $125,000 in personal and business loans from Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams last week. The loans were repaid with personal assets, loans and help from family members.

"Those gifts that I have in my possession, I am working with my counsel to return them," McDonnell said.

McDonnell said he was "deeply sorry" for breaching the public's trust.

"I was not in the role of promoting Star Scientific," McDonnell said about Williams' business.

"I am first of all on repairing any loss of trust that I have experienced with the citizens," McDonnell said.

"I have said I am embarrassed with some of the decisions that have been made by me or my family that have undermined that trust.

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