It's a line that makes you pause in the middle of reading the latest from the McDonnell defense.
At the end of notes by Charles Hagan, the Virginia State Police agent investigating gifts to the McDonnells, is a line written more than two years ago:
"Use Williams to go after McDonnells?"
The McDonnell defense filed an excerpt of the agent's meeting notes late Friday, in a request to subpoena more documents from Virginia State Police.
The notes provide insight into the early stages of the investigation, nearly 20 months before federal prosecutors indicted the former First Couple.
Under all of our noses, was the government actively working with State Police in 2012 to build a case against the McDonnells? The question now - how will the McDonnells use evidence like this in their defense, with their historic trial now set for late July.