Special Agent David Hulser just told the jury a bit more about what his investigation revealed about the Rolex watch businessman Jonnie Williams says he purchased at Maureen McDonnell’s request. She apparently gave the watch to her husband for Christmas in 2011.
First, he showed jurors Williams’s credit card bill, showing a $6,500 charge at Traditional Jewelers in Malibu, Calif., on Aug. 14, 2011. The date matches Williams’s account in which he told jurors he had purchased the timepiece on a trip to California.
Then, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Faulconer asked Hulser if he retrieved any photographs of Bob McDonnell wearing the watch when he served a subpoena on the couple. He responded affirmatively and displayed a series of photos the former first lady had turned over.
In one, Bob McDonnell is standing in a plaid shirt in front of a Christmas tree, holding up his arm, with the watch around his wrist. Other photographs showed McDonnell in what appeared to be a vehicle and holding up his wrist.
One of those pictures matched the photograph found on Williams’s phone. He testified that he received that photo Dec. 24, 2012, after conversing with the governor via texts and taunting him. He bragged that the mansion’s chef, instead of cooking for the McDonnells, was preparing Christmas Eve dinner for him. Williams said the picture of the governor wearing the watch was sent in response to those texts and came from the governor’s phone.
Faulconer asked Hulser about the chef texts: Were there any phone toll records reflecting them? He replied negatively.
“Sitting here today, can you tell exactly how that photo of Mr. McDonnell got to Mr. Williams?” Faulconer asked.
“I cannot,” Hulser responded.
As the clock hit 5:30 p.m., Judge James R. Spencer called a halt to the proceedings for the day.
“I know it may not seem like it, but we are making progress. Let me tell you,” Spencer told jurors.
Court will resume Thursday at 9:45 a.m., when the prosecution is expected to rest its case.