McDonnell says FBI inquiry won’t impair his ability to serve

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“[There’s] nothing going on at all at this time that impairs my ability to do a good job and serve the people of Virginia,” McDonnell said in an interview with WTOP Radio.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that that the FBI was conducting interviews over the relationship between the McDonnell family and a campaign donor, Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. 

According to the report, Williams picked up a $15,000 catering bill at the wedding of McDonnell’s daughter and may have provided other gifts. The FBI is also looking into whether McDonnell improperly took actions that may have helped boost Williams’s company.

"I've been blessed to have a lot of friends,” McDonnell continued. “Mr. Williams and his wife Celeste have been family friends for four or five years. I think it's important the people of Virginia know that nothing has been done with regard to my relationship to Mr. Williams or his company Star Scientific, to give any kind of special benefits to him or his company, or frankly any other person or any other company.”

McDonnell was considered a potential Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012 and was a primary surrogate for the Mitt Romney campaign throughout.