What to expect Thursday
Nearly three weeks into Bob and Maureen McDonnell’s federal corruption trial, prosecutors are expected to rest their case against the couple on Thursday.
Proceedings will resume at 9:45 a.m. in what will be the 14th day of courtroom action. On the stand for prosecutors will be FBI Special Agent David Hulser. Prosecutors are hoping Hulser will tie together the case together for jurors, outlining for them the full timeline of alleged illegal activities that they have heard about from other witnesses.
Hulser could also add additional details from among more than 300 interviews and 3.5 million documents reviewed during the investigation, particularly phone records, as he did in testimony this week.
On Wednesday, Hulser described interaction that took place in 2011 between the McDonnells and businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Using color-coded charts, he showed timelines of key dates, demonstrating how the couple spoke by phone not just with Williams on those days but also with one another. The goal is to present circumstantial evidence that the governor was in the loop about his wife’s activities with Williams.
On Thursday, he will presumably pick up where he left off and describe events in 2012.
At some point, prosecutors will turn Hulser over to defense attorneys for cross examination. They have indicated that Hulser will be their final witness and they will rest the case after he steps down.
Friday will be reserved for the judge to hear motions in the case, including the inevitable request by the defense that he dismiss the charges now. The defense is expected to begin its case on Monday.