RICHMOND — Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II will announce Friday that his office will recuse itself from a tax case involving a company in which he owns stock and whose owner has provided him with personal gifts.
The announcement comes days after The Washington Post reported that Cuccinelli, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, had failed to disclose for nearly a year that he had substantial stock holdings in the company, Star Scientific, Inc. Cuccinelli’s campaign called the initial lack of disclosure an oversight, one that Cuccinelli corrected once he realized his stock holdings were large enough to trigger reporting requirements.
The recusal also comes as additional ties between the attorney general’s office and Star came to light. The Post reports Friday that several of Cuccinelli’s top deputies stayed with him temporarily at the home of Star CEO Jonnie R. Williams.
Williams has lavished gifts on Cuccinelli and Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R). He paid for catering expenses at the wedding of the governor’s daughter in 2011.