City Desk

Barry Camp Silent On Federal Probe

Maroin BarryYesterday, news broke that Federal lawmen are looking into the allegations surrounding Councilmember Marion Barry's contracts with former girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt as well as his guardianship over half a dozen nonprofits. While two of his associates—Brenda Richardson and Jackie Wardhave referred comment to their attorneys, we expected Barry to do something more media friendly.

In the aftermath of his stalking arrest, Barry's staff held press conference after press conference. They used the free media to bash the park police and declare Watts-Brighthaupt as unstable. [Watts-Brighthaupt denies the charge and even showed up at one press conference to shout down Barry spokesperson Natalie Williams].

So it would be reasonable to expect some kind of comment from Barry or his staff. Maybe even a late-night press conference perfectly timed for the 11 o'clock news.

But so far, Barry has remained mum. He could not be reached for comment for the Post's story today leaving the paper of record to rely on old quotes from the previous week.

This afternoon, Natalie Williams would only offer this succinct comment to City Desk:

"We have not been contacted by the Justice Department therefore we are unable to comment on the speculations of their probe. That's all I'm going to say about it."

*photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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  • Angry Al Gonzales

    Tick tock tick tock - in September the Feds will bust Barry's entire thuggish gang & they'll eventually all go to prison for a long, long, long time. The first one to turn state's evidence may skate with 12-18 months; the others are looking at a minimum of seven years of hard time.

    MdB & JC - you two deserve a Pulitzer Prize for this. On behalf of all mostly law-abiding, non-felons, & non-thieves of the District [yes, both of us], I thank you.

  • Brandon

    Probably best that Barry keep quiet.

  • Glynis

    Will the amazing, Teflon Barry withstand yet another siege? It will be interesting to watch.

    And yes, I will continue to hope that he simply goes away.


    I agree the Feds will bust Barry’s entire thuggish gang

  • tim breen

    i actually laugh at the notion of the feds investigating find out what, that he's a crook? for f***'s sake, we know he's a crook! was it the early 80s, even late 70s, when his wife, mistress, and best friend were jailed for bilking federal funds (oh, but he knew nothing about that of course, and skated). and now his pet nonprofits...anybody gonna be surprised if the feds find the money going into barry's own pockets? he's been sucking on the taxpayer teat for three decades, now on top of his $125K Council salary. oh, and who can forget his never denying a rape charge amid his crack trial in '90? crack was the least of his criminality.