Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell Defense Blames Wife For Gifts, Suggests Affair With CEO
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s defense attorneys released a series of personal notes and emails between former First Lady Maureen McDonnell and Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Friday, in an effort to show the two shared a close relationship. In fact, he suggested they were having an affair, or at least he implied it.
The most notable email came at the close of cross examination by Maureen McDonnell’s defense, in which attorney William Burck produced a message from Mrs. McDonnell to Williams on the day of the 2011 Virginia Earthquake.
On two LCD screens above the courtroom, the email sent by Mrs. McDonnell read, “I just felt the EARTH MOVE AND I WASN’T HAVING SEX!!!!”
IKR? Who jokes around?
Along with the email were phone records introduced from April 2011 to Feb. 2013, indicating that the two exchanged more than 1,200 texts or calls. In comparison, Burck pointed out that Williams and the former Republican Governor exchanged 60 texts or calls during the same time period.
“Irrespective of whether [the relationship] was romantic or not, it was closer than a traditional CEO relationship with the First Lady of Virginia,” former U.S. Assistant Attorney Chuck James said in an interview Friday. “It also shows a level of familiarity that may not be consistent with that of a happily married woman.”
Williams repeatedly said the two were romantically involved.
“Most, if not all of those texts were about business,” Williams said. “I never discussed her personal life with her, it was all business.”
McDonnell’s attorneys tried to establish that the governor was in the dark concerning lavish gifts,then put the blame for them squarely on Maureen McDonnell, according to NBC 12.
“My client never thanked you for the $20,000 worth of stuff purchased on the New York shopping spree,” McDonnell attorney Hank Asbill said. Williams responded, “Now that would be awkward… No.”
That Rolex watch.
The infamous gifting of the Rolex watch was brought up, with Williams testifying that Maureen McDonnell specifically asked for the gift, unbeknownst to the governor.
NBC 12 reports:
The line of questioning was also extended to Williams’ lake house and Ferrari, with Williams saying he offered them to McDonnell without the governor asking.
Williams also revealed Friday that investigators asked him to wear a wire during the early stages of the criminal probe, in order to record his conversations with McDonnell.
“I stopped the meeting right then,” Williams said. “I felt the governor was in trouble and I could be too.”
It’s like McDonnell is probing his wife by force.