The prosecutors’ last witness appears to have been called to take square aim at the defense’s contention that Robert F. and Maureen McDonnell’s marriage was in shambles and that they could not have conspired together.
Special Agent Kathryn Weber has testified that she reviewed more than 3,000 pages of materials related to schedules that were maintained for the governor and first lady between April 11, 2011, and March 31, 2013 — the time frame covered by their joint indictment.
She also reviewed phone records, she said. (“We won’t look at any phone records,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber responded with a laugh, perhaps trying to regain some goodwill with jurors who might have felt annoyed at the two hours worth of laborious parsing of phone records they heard from prosecutors on Wednesday.)
Weber then presented charts to jurors showing what her review of the schedules showed about time spent by the first couple together. (Aber drew a laugh from the courtroom here, too, by asking “just for the court’s benefit, how many charts do you have here?” Weber answered “five.”)
Weber’s charts showed that of the 721 nights in the 22 months period, Bob and Maureen McDonnell’s schedules indicate they spent 644 nights together, more than 90 percent. Of those, they spent 489 together at the mansion. Bob McDonnell was traveling out of the mansion for 220 nights, but even of those, the couple were together for 155, about 70 percent.
The prosecutors’ goal is to dispute the idea that McDonnell was constantly on the road and never had time for his wife or his family. In fact, Weber said that of McDonnell’s 220 travel nights, 62 were nights devoted solely to family trips or personal vacations. His staff also scheduled 100 separate events over 22 months that were classified exclusively as being devoted to “family time.”
And, even apart from nights spent together, the couple’s schedules show 41 events devoted for the two of them to spend time alone together, with no children or friends joining them.