Williams: Shopping trip got me access
Businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. says he believes he would not have been seated next to then-Gov. Robert F. McDonnell at a 2011 event in New York had he not taken the first lady shopping that day, even though just a few months earlier he had summoned the governor to an event in Richmond on a few hours notice with a text to McDonnell’s traveling aide.
“You understood that you would not have been seated next to the governor unless you took her shopping?” the Maureen McDonnell attorney William Burck asked Williams.
“I understood the two were linked,” he said.
Burck then reviewed Williams’s previous testimony about texting the governor’s aide an inviting him to the event in Richmond. “So you’re saying that in April you had to buy her dresses to sit next to the governor?” he asked.
“Absolutely,” Williams said. “That is my testimony.”