Prosecutor: First lady obstructed justice
As Jonnie R. Williams Sr. did when he testified, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dry attacked the defense claim that Maureen McDonnell was not obstructing justice when she returned designer dresses to Williams.
The letter McDonnell included with the dresses thanked him for the loan and said she hoped his daughters could wear them or they could be auctioned off for charity. Her defense attorney said in his closing argument that she was making no false statements in the letter and that she was not obstructing a grand jury investigation which did not yet exist.
“That doesn’t hold water,” Dry said, just before wrapping up his rebuttal. “These dresses were never intended” for Jonnie Williams’s daughters, “a model and a teacher, both size zeros.”
If they were loans, Dry noted, “why did Mrs. McDonnell wait until March 2013, almost two years, to return them?”
It was, he said “because she knows what’s coming down the pike” — the federal investigation. And obstruction of justice can include a future grand jury investigation, he emphasized.