Prosecutors have concluded their questioning of Monica Block, the former scheduler to Robert F. McDonnell, and court has concluded for the day. Proceedings will pick up at 9:30 a.m. with Block’s cross-examination by the defense.
Before ending the day, Block was asked about e-mails she exchanged with Jerri Fulkerson, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.’s assistant in May of 2011. Fulkerson informed Block that the governor would be attending a Star event in Florida on June 1. Block said she was surprised: “It was rare that someone would tell me something that the governor was doing and I didn’t know about it. I guess I was territorial about the schedule.”
She said she talked to the governor about it. He did not seemed surprised but she said it seemed as though he had not committed to attend the event. Ultimately, Block informed Fulkerson that McDonnell had “dad commitments,” since the event was three days before his daughter’s wedding and could not attend. It was attended instead by the first lady.
Block said she did not know Williams paid for the wedding reception for the governor’s daughter nor that he had loaned Maureen McDonnell money until those items were published in The Washington Post.
Block was asked if she viewed Williams as a personal friend of the governor or as a political donor. “I looked at him as a donor with a plane,” she said.