When asked if he ever get a response from the email, McDonnell said no. He later learned that Maureen had contacted Jonnie Williams four times that day.
McDonnell switched gears then, and began to speak about Jonnie Williams. "I liked him," he said. He said that his initial impression was that Williams was a "Virginia business guy who had ideas about creating jobs."
When asked about the idea of Jonnie Williams buying Maureen an inauguration dress, he said that he didn't think it was a good idea. McDonnell said that Maureen was mad about the dress and sent Phil Cox, his campaign manager, an email saying he wasn't looking out for Bob's best interests.
"I was furious with Maureen," said McDonnell about the email. He claimed Phil Cox as one of his most loyal staffers.
The questioning moved on to the NYC shopping trip and event. McDonnell said that he knew Mary Shea and Maureen were shopping, and that he was under the impression that Williams was showing them around. He said he never knew Williams was paying for the dresses, and never knew he bought them until after the investigation broke; Williams never mentioned the $20,000 shopping spree while at the NYC event that same evening, when Williams sat at McDonnell's table.
McDonnell was asked if the shopping trip was what resulted in Williams sitting at his table. He said no, that Williams was at the table because he was the largest donor to his campaign.
McDonnell said he is no longer living at home with his wife, that he has moved in with a priest.
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