July 17, 2013
Emails between tops aids to Governor Bob McDonnell and officials at Star Scientific show the governor urged company CEO Jonnie Williams to pitch his supplements to Virginia Health and Human Services Secretary Bill Hazel. Williams and Hazel met in 2010.
An external report has found that Star Scientific did not receive special treatment from the governor.
A statement from former Attorney General Tony Troy reads, "Based on my review, there have been no public funds, grants, or contracts from the agencies discussed below to Star Scientific. Likewise, there have been no gubernatorial appointments made to Jonnie Williams or any officer of Star Scientific."
Troy was appointed by current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office to investigate the situation.
A copy of the letter sent to the governor’s office is attached.