RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- In a statement released by Virginia governor Bob McDonnell on Tuesday, he says loans made to his wife and family business by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams have been repaid in full.
According to the statement, $52,278.71 loaned to Mrs. McDonnell in 2011 were repaid as well as $71,837 in loans made to the small real estate business owned by Gov. McDonnell and his sister in 2012. The statement says payments were made by the governor, the business or his family and "include both principal and interest."
Gov. McDonnell apologizes in his statement but denies any illegal activity. "I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens. I want you to knwo that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence. I hope today's action is another step toward that end."
The governor then goes on to say that "Virginia has never been stronger and I plan to focus on creating even more jobs and facilitating greater opportunity during the last five months of my term as your Governor."
See his full statement at the link.
Last week, political analyst Larry Sabato said he though it was unlikely Governor Bob McDonnell would resign over the gift scandal. McDonnell is under both a state and federal investigation for gifts he and his family received from Jonnie Williams
Sabato said, "The feds could be using the Hobbs Act. It's possible the lawyers the Governor has say, 'Hey, the way to get out of this for you and your family, take resignation, you'll be rid of it.' But, I think it's unlikely."
Two Democratic lawmakers have called for the governor to resign.