RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two people with knowledge of the situation say the FBI has begun looking at the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of an investigation.
Federal authorities began questioning people close to the McDonnells as an outgrowth of a securities probe of Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc., said the two people, who spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because their roles in the case preclude them from speaking publicly.
They said FBI agents have asked questions about gifts the McDonnells have received from company CEO Jonnie Williams and whether the Republican governor or his administration aided the company in return.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says his administration has never given any special treatment to a dietary supplement company that is under investigation.
McDonnell said on WTOP radio Tuesday he and first lady Maureen McDonnell have been friends with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams for four or five years. The Republican governor says more than $100,000 in political contributions and thousands of dollars more in personal gifts have not won the company any state economic development incentives.
McDonnell says Williams helped pay for his daughter Cailin's wedding in 2011, giving her $15,000.
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