The Must-See Photos from the Bob McDonnell Trial

This shows a text message from the then-Virginia governor to Williams in May, 2012. In it, it seems as though the governor is asking for money. “Johnnie. Per voicemail would like to see if you could extend another 20k loan for this year,” McDonnell texts, misspelling Williams’ first name.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.
United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.

This is a photograph of the posh Chathams Bar Inn on Cape Cod. This is where Williams testified that he provided a $3,000 bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac when he entertained the McDonnells there over Labor Day weekend in 2012. At the same time he was paying for a luxurious trip to Florida for one of the McDonnell’s daughters and a friend. Williams testified that he flew the McDonnells to the Cape on his private yet and paid for their stay at the tony inn, as well as to play golf at an exclusive country club.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.
United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.

This shows what looks like the governor flashing the much talked about Rolex. Williams said McDonnell texted him the photo in December, 2012. McDonnell has repeatedly said he thought the watch was a Christmas present from his wife, not Williams. The Washington Post reports the government has not been able to determine if the photo was sent from Bob McDonnell’s phone or his wife’s, a crucial detail.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.
United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.

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