Before defense attorneys got their chance to grill an FBI agent about the 2 1/2-year investigation, federal prosecutors wrapped up their case with style.
Leading up to his big finish, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Faulconer first questioned FBI Special Agent David Hulser about financial records. Faulconer had Hulser testify that he calculated the total value of most of the loans and gifts Jonnie R. Williams Sr. gave to the McDonnells and their children (though he acknowledged his list was not entirely complete). It came to $177,044.06.
Then, he testified that after the investigation into Williams’s relationship with the McDonnells became public, the couple repaid Williams his loan money. Their daughter Cailin McDonnell and her husband Chris Young repaid Williams $15,000 for the catering at their wedding, though Hulser noted that Williams’s check had gone straight to the catering company and its refund went to Maureen McDonnell.
Hulser also testified that the McDonnells returned to Williams a series of physical items, all of which Williams turned over to the FBI.
And then Faulconer put on a fashion show.
One at a time, he asked security officers to bring forward to Hulser on the witness stand each of those items returned from the McDonnells to Williams. The FBI agent stood in the witness box and lifted each aloft for jurors.
“Agent Hulser, is this an Oscar de la Renta sweater?” Faulconer began.
“It is,” Hulser responded, holding the gold sweat aloft on a wire hanger.
Next came five golf shirts purchased at the exclusive Kinloch golf club outside Richmond. Hulser held them up, one at a time. And the Oscar de la Renta full length rain coat. And a white Louis Vuitton purse. And a matching Louis Vuitton wallet. And the Rolex watch.
Most items were familiar to the jury from previous testimony, but a few were new. There was a picture of two iPhones–Hulser testified the McDonnells gave Williams a monetary value equivalent to the phones. There was also a water color painting that appeared like it might be an image of Chatham Bars Inn or perhaps the Smith Mountain Lake House. Hulser said it was also among the items returned.
Shoes. More Oscar de la Renta dresses. The yellow dress that Maureen McDonnell’s chief of staff testified Williams purchased after the first lady told him the governor had fallen in love with her in yellow. Hulser held it in front of him.
Finally, Faulconer asked Hulser, did he review the McDonnells’ credit card records during this time period? He said he had. And were there any charges to reflect golf at Kinloch? He said there was not. How about renting a boat at Smith Mountain Lake, which the family enjoyed while staying at Williams’s home there? Again, he agreed there was not. The trip to Chatham Bars Inn? He said no.
With that, Faulconer said he had no further questions and turned Hulser over to the defense for cross examiniation.