After nearly five hours questioning, Assistant U.S. Attorney
"Maybe it's just me, but does this seem like the longest day of your life?" he asked.
Dry's interrogation jumped back and forth in time Monday as he peppered McDonnell, a former attorney general, with questions. He started with a recital of the big ticket items McDonnell and his family took from
McDonnell acknowledged helping Williams get a couple of meetings with state officials, and said he generally supported an unsuccessful effort to have state university researchers study Anatabloc, a dietary supplement that Williams' company produced.
But those are normal things for a governor to do for a
The governor also said that he didn't carefully read a letter Williams sent asking state officials to initiate "The Virginia Study" on Anatabloc. Dry asked twice whether he knew that Williams wanted Anatabloc studied at state universities.
"I knew what the letter said," McDonnell said.
Dry also wanted to know about an email the governor's wife forwarded him from an Italian doctor, which mentions the possibility of testing Anatabloc on state employees.
"I get hundreds of emails," McDonnell said. "I just honestly can't tell you,
Dry keyed in on a few examples of troubling timing in the governor's case. Six minutes after McDonnell emailed Williams about a loan in 2012, he emailed a close aide in the governor's office, telling him to "see me" about Anatabloc.
All McDonnell would confirm about this exchange Monday was that the two emails were sent six minutes apart. During his own attorney's examination last week, the former governor said he was simply trying to get a bunch of unrelated stuff off his plate that night.
The McDonnell attorneys have pointed to
As a result, Dry keyed in Monday what McDonnell knew and when he knew it, particularly when it came to gifts Williams gave
McDonnell re-iterated that he didn't know Williams paid for his wife's
He'd told her it couldn't happen at the time, and he knew that upset her.
Dry was incredulous.
"It didn't occur to you," he asked, that Williams paid for the shopping trip?
"Exactly what I'm testifying to, yes," the governor replied.
As for the stock, Dry showed the jury a few text messages McDonnell sent to Williams, congratulating him on price upticks. The governor said he was just being nice, not following the stock because his wife held more than 6,000 shares. She'd told him she already sold it, he testified.
Dry also pointed Monday to a new example of the sense of entitlement that prosecutors allege from the governor and his family. He said the governor's staff produced briefing books dedicated to free and reduced-price golf at various vacation spots.
McDonnell said he never directed anyone to compile such a list. Then Dry pulled up an email from
"Basically this means find out who we know in the cities that own golf courses and will let me and my family play for free or at a reduced cost," Zubowsky wrote.
McDonnell testified that he remembered Harris "occasionally ... coming to me with options."
"But I did not direct them to go find me (golf courses) to play for free," he said.
Dry also showed jurors pictures of
Now the McDonnells arrive and leave the federal courthouse separately, sit in court with attorneys between them and don't speak to each other during breaks.
McDonnell testified last week that he lives with his priest right now. Part of the couple's defense is that their marriage was so shaky during the time they're accused of taking bribes from Williams that they couldn't have conspired together. They barely spoke, McDonnell attorney
Dry honed in Monday on several examples of communication between the couple, though. And he counted up 18 trips the couple took together over 22 months, some personal, some on state business.
He also questioned McDonnell's logic on accepting gifts from Williams. The governor testified last week that he hoped his sons would return golf clubs Williams gave them because they "came out of the blue."
The gifts seemed excessive, he said.
But when a golf bag showed up for the governor, with the Notre Dame logo sewn on, McDonnell didn't return it, he acknowledged.
What about the
The governor testified that he didn't ask either of them to return the money. He said the
McDonnell also said that he didn't reach out to Williams for at least a month after he learned of
"It was a loan to my wife," McDonnell said by way of explanation.
Dry wanted to know why some gifts weren't disclosed on annual forms required for
The same goes for the Notre Dame golf bag, McDonnell said.
Dry noted that McDonnell played at Williams' club
Dry also drilled down into the McDonnell's finances, which the prosecution and defense have fought over for days in this trial. The defense says the McDonnells didn't really need Williams money, they simply chose to take it, thinking him a family friend.
Again, Dry seemed incredulous. He asked the governor whether his sister, his partner in
Yes, the governor replied.
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