State employees testify in McDonnells trial

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- A juror abruptly ended testimony in the McDonnell trial by telling the judge she needed to be excused. That stopped a marathon day of questioning of former state and current employees.

The former legal advisor to Bob McDonnell recalled the first and only time he saw the Governor wear that now-famous $6,000 Rolex.

Jason Eige said on the stand that he didn't think the McDonnells could afford the watch. He said the Governor said he thought it was fake. Eige said he advised the Governor fake or not he shouldn't be wearing it.

Eige was also asked about an e-mail Maureen McDonnell sent to him saying she needed to talk to him about the inaugural clothing budget. She said Bob is screaming about the thousands she's was charging up, and she said, "We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already and this inaugural is killing us!"

As far as disclosing the designer clothes and items Jonnie Williams bought for Maureen, Eige said the Governor only had to report gifts to him.

That prompted Maureen McDonnell's defense attorney to ask: "Do you know if the governor enjoys wearing women's clothing?"

The McDonnells asked Eige to follow up with UVA and VCU on possible grants to Jonnie William's company Star Scientific. However, Jason Eige said it wasn't appropriate and didn't do it.

The trial resumes Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.


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