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Week 3 of McDonnell Trial Continues Monday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Week three of the McDonnell corruption trial begins this morning, after jurors heard from two more witnesses on Friday.

Martin Kent, Bob McDonnell's Chief of Staff, appeared on the stand today.

He said more events were held at the mansion under former governor Bob McDonnell than any other administration. He said there was a staff that planned events and decided which events would happen, but said "ultimately it was the governors decision."

The defense asked Kent how many events were held at the mansion, "Would 1150 ring a bell?"

"That's entirely possible," Kent said.

Kent said he did whatever Bob McDonnell asked him, but wouldn't have done anything he thought was wrong or immoral. Kent said that McDonnell never asked him to do something he didn't feel comfortable doing and never asked for anything to be done for Jonnie Williams.

Kent said that he asked about loans once the press broke news about the investigation into the McDonnells and Williams.

"He [Bob McDonnell] responded that was a matter he was discussing with his counsel and we shouldn't get into it any further," Kent said about McDonnell's response.

Kent told McDonnell that he would sit in on the meeting with Maureen McDonnell for her interview with the Virginia State Police. The former governor agreed.

The Deputy Superintendent of the VSP contacted Kent and "made it clear" he was not invited to the meeting and he was told not to come.

Kent had no comment when he left the courthouse today.

Friday's witnesses included Bob and Maureen McDonnell's stock broker, John Piscitelli.

Piscitelli testified about helping Maureen McDonnell invest in Star Scientific stock.

Piscitelli told the court that in 2011, Maureen came to him to ask him to get rid of all of her stock in the company by the end of the year so that she and the former governor could avoid reporting it. Piscitelli said the request made him uncomfortable.

Piscitelli also talked about a conference call he had with the McDonnells, where the couple asked him if they could get a loan against stock that Star Scientific was holding for the former governor. Piscitelli said it was an unusual request, and said he was relieved when the McDonnells eventually told him to forget about it because they had decided to go in a different direction.

Earlier in the day, former Star Scientific Chief Operating Officer Paul Perito took the stand. Perito said that he never knew about any of the gifts or loans Jonnie Williams gave to the McDonnells prior to the product launch at the mansion, but said he would have stopped it had he known.

Perito says Williams told him about some of the things he had given to the McDonnells in a phone call in January 2013 -- after Williams had already been approached by investigators.

Perito says all he could ask Williams was, "How could you possibly do this?"

While testifying, Perito told the court Williams was crushed and sobbing on the phone. He says he told Williams not to tell anyone and then he set up a meeting with lawyers.

Today the prosecution will continue working its way through its long list of witnesses. The trial is expected to last at least five weeks.

Stay with 8News for updates on this developing story.

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