Friday, December 15, 2017
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Ex-governor questioned by prosecutors

Richmond, Va.

Ex-governor questioned by prosecutor

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faced sharp questions Monday from prosecutors about his personal finances, his interactions with a wealthy businessman and what the government claims were his attempts to conceal those details. Prosecutors began their cross-examination of McDonnell as his public corruption trial entered its fifth week. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with providing special favors to former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans while McDonnell was in office. Some questions prompted short yes or no answers from a weary-sounding McDonnell. Others led to long pauses and lengthy explanations. At one point, U.S. District Judge James Spencer admonished McDonnell to just "answer the question" when he began to ramble.

Elsewhere

Ukraine: The Ukrainian government accused Russia of sending separatist fighters and an armored column into its embattled eastern region on Monday. The tanks were trying to reach Mariupol and were destroyed or blocked, the government said.

Austin, Texas: Lawyers for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday sought to throw out a felony abuse-of-power case against him, calling it an unconstitutional prosecution that would set a dangerous precedent.

Fort Lee, Va.: A soldier at Fort Lee died Monday hours after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself in the head, officials said. Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons said the soldier was "upset and enraged" but did not say what may have prompted her actions. Her name was not released.

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