Loose Lips

Gray: Karim and Skinner Are Stonewalling Special Investigation

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray accused Mayor Adrian Fenty's fraternity brothers Omar Karim and Sinclair Skinner, who are at the heart of a council investigation into alleged corrupt contracting of parks and recreation projects, of "stonewalling" that investigation for political reasons.

Gray's comments came during a conference call with reporters (well, LL and The Examiner's Freeman Klopott and a bunch of Gray staffers. Seriously, Washington Post, you're not going to cover any of this?). The campaign organized it to discuss the council's actions yesterday to try and block any payment to Karim's construction company, Banneker Ventures.

The council also voted to give its special investigator, Robert Trout, power to seek a court order to compel Karim to hand over more information on his law group and its relationship to Skinner.

Gray said Skinner, who also needed to be persuaded by a judge to talk to Trout, and Karim have "dragged [Trout's investigation] out far longer than it should have been."

Asked if it was a concerted effort by Karim and Skinner to delay the report until after the Sept. 14th primary, Gray said:

"Well, it certainly seems like that, I mean I can't prove that at this stage."

He added: "They're obviously friends with the mayor, they're cronies of the mayor, I have no doubt that they have discussed this extensively," he said.

Karim and Skinner's lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, could not  immediately be reached for comment.

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  1. #1
  2. #2

    Speaking of Hmmmmmm, I find it quite interesting that Gray and his staffers are issuing these comments, and not the "independent" investigator he appointed.

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    Wow! Gray has nooooooo shame. Gray just imply to a group of reporters (along side his campaign staff )that Fenty personally told people to avoid testifying in his witch hunt?

    How amazingly malicious. Do you have proof..Mr. Gray? No, of course you don't. In fact, you admit that you have no basis for your slander (or libel, forget which one it is). But, there you go anyway telling people what you "think".

    And, you do this "Blame Fenty" thing almost weekly.
    Every problem in Gray's personal life

    1) you didn't have proof that Fenty broke into your house (like you impplied),

    2) you don't have proof that he made you build that fence (like you seem to blame him for),

    3) He did not make you get a ticket 10 years ago.

    4) Fenty did not make you run your agency in the ground.

    5)you didn't have proof that Fenty made your office dial all those numbers.

    6)Fenty did not intentionally sabatoge your speaking engagement at your highscool.

    7) I don't beleive anyone left and "X" shaped Moten material on your door step.

    In each case, you have implied Fenty has had a role in these issues arising.

    Mr. Gray, sir, you are a drama queen.

    Everything is a Fenty conspiracy in Gray world.

    You name it. Fenty did it. Global warning. Fenty. World trade center in '92. Fenty did that on summer break. The recession. That happened because Fenty doesn't like black folk. Katrina was Fenty. Fenty was having an affair that a water spirit. Joblessness in Ward 8 is Fenty's fault. White people are doing better than Blacks financially because Fenty loves them.

    How old are you again?

  5. #5

    Gray says,

    “They’re obviously friends with the mayor, they’re cronies of the mayor, I have no doubt that they have discussed this extensively,”

    Really, you have no doubt? What proof do you have? Do you have some phone records? Do you have recordings. Do you have a witness that was party to the conversation?

    If you do..cool. Lets see the tapes. If not, that is slanderous. Because you don't know. You have no way of knowing. You are not a private citizen Mr. Gray. You should have more restraint.

    You are personally attacking people and ruining their names without proof nor remorse. And, the onus is on you to prove you case. They don't have to help you do crap.

    They certainly don't have to help you supplement your campaign budget by cooperating with you "pro-bono, non-binding, investigation."

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    hymesb(Omar/Sinclair) You will be indicted along with your Mayor friend Fenty, David Janarone and the rest. You might even end up sharing cells. As you know, these things take time. You would not want a rush to judgement, would you? The DC residents have to build a case with facts. If you were not stonewalling and not being uncooperative this would be over. Skinner nobody believed your testimony of " I cannot recall". What are you 110? Even a 110 year old would have a better memory than you had. Same goes for you Omar.

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    WITH ALL YALL BITCHING ABOUT HE SAY SHE SAY THE FACT OF THE MATTER REMAINS. THEM BAMAS RECEIVED DC DOLLARS THEN THEY NEED TO EXPLAIN TO DC THE WHEN, HOW, WHERE AND WHY.

    ENOUGH OF THE STALL TACTICS. THEY NEED TO END THIS BEFORE A NEW REGIME COMES IN THEN IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. CAN YOU SAY FEDERAL INVESTIGATION?

    WHAT A BAD STRAGEDY FROM AN ALLEY MECHANIC ASS ATTORNEY!

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    Part in parcel with Gray's insinuation campaign.
    If he's elected, he'll blame Fenty for his failures.
    I get where one could call it (mis)leadership, but not how one could say it's an example of charicter or integrity.

  9. #9

    DZ and Hymesb

    Please pull your heads out of Fenty's butt before you die from the odor.

    Your post are very funny even though they are based on anything close to reality.

  10. #10

    YO DREZ YA BOY THE FENTSTER IS EQUAL TO OR LESS THAN BUSH.

    THE ONLY THING YA BOY DID IN FOUR YEARS IS TO PUT US BACK IN THE HOLE FINANCIALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.

    EVEN AS I LOOK BACK HE DIDNT DO A DAMN THING FOR US WARD 4STERS EITHER!

    BOWSER YOU ARE NEXT.

  11. #11

    The District of Columbia government hold meetings about the oversight, etc..... As a job creation project, we allowed some to pull the video we archived from all DC government hearings and post clips. Here's a clip that was pulled from the 6+ hour hearing on April 15, 2010 and I encourage you to visit the DC Council website for the full, unedited version if you have the time. The clip we pulled was for those who don't have the time and may want to watch it on their cellphones or other mobile devices. It might be handy to bookmark on your phone to review the night before election day for your own personal recap. It's only minutes long but at least it supports the OPEN GOVERNMENT initiative that voters have been demanding about what's really going on "straight from the horses mouth" so to speak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkI10nuyZoc

  12. #12

    See? The replies are telling:
    All style, no substance.
    @noodlez-
    DC still has $632 or so in rainy day funds, and withe the increased amenities, better schools, and rising population, tax receipts will again rise.
    That's a good thing.

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    DOG PARKS AND REC CENTERS THAT ARE NOT SELF SUSTAINABLE WILL INCRESINGLY DRAIN FUNDS. JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS NEW DOESNT MEAN IT WILL NOT COST TO UPKEEP. MOST NEW HOMES AND BUILDINGS COST JUST AS MUCH TO UPKEEP THAN SEASONED ONES. I AM FOR KEEPING OLD BRICKS IN LIEU NEW ONES.

    BETTER SCHOOLS???? IM LOST ON THAT ONE BUT I'LL GIVE YOU THE TALLYMARK IN YOUR COLUMN.

    RISING POPULATION? CHALLENGE!!!
    WHAT IS THIS BASED ON? JUST CAUSE FOLK MOVING IN CITY DOESNT NECESSARY EQUATE TO MORE MONEY. DC IS A TRANSIENT CITY. FOLK HERE WORK FOR FED GOVT. MAJOR TURNOVER EVERY 4 TO 8 YEARS. THEY STILL CLAIM THEIR RESIDENCY AS THEIR HOME TOWN AND THAT IS WHERE THEIR TAX MONEY GOES. DONT GET IT TWISTED. WARDS 3,4,5 AND PARTS OF 7 CARRY THIS CITY (RICH WHITE FOLK AND WORKING CLASS BLACK FOLK)

    WE ARE GOING BROKE UNDER THE SOON TO BE FORMER MAYOR. I LOVE DOGS JUST AS MUCH AS THE NEXT MOFO BUT ALLOCATING DOUGH FOR A PLACE FOR THEM TO SHIT, PISS, SNIFF ASSES AND RUB NOSES IS A BIT REDUNDANT. IF THEY NEED A PLACE FOR THAT SHIT TELL THEM TO WALK THEIR DOGS DOWN INTO THE MAYORS OFFICE THEIR IS A LOT OF THAT BS GOING ON THERE ANYWAY.

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    noodlez-
    Very few doogparks were built in relation to the number of parks and recs and schools that were renovated. Both in dollars and in absolute numbers.
    Enough with the transparent code, already.
    It hurts your arguments that Gray is the one who divides this one city by race.

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    TRANSPARENT CODE??? THERE IS NOTHING TRANSPARENT ABOUT MY COMMENTS. "WARDS 3,4,5 AND PARTS OF 7 CARRY THIS CITY (RICH WHITE FOLK AND WORKING CLASS BLACK FOLK)"

    YOUR SUBSTANCE COMMENT DOESNT HOLD WATER. HIS OVERSPENDING AND MISAPPROPRIATIONS HAVE GREATLY REDUCED THE CITY'S WORTH. $1 SPENT ON DOG PARKS IS $1 DOLLAR TOO MANY. LET ALONE THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO PUT FOLKS TO WORK ON A FULL TIME BASIS THAT WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE THE TAX BASE OF THIS CITY.

    THIS CITY WAS NOT DIVIDED UNTIL THIS JOKER TOOK OFFICE. HIS PERSONAL BATTLES WITHIN HIMSELF REGARDING RACE TRANSLATED INTO THE WAY HE SO CALLED GOVERNED. HIS WEAK ASS MEA CULPA LAST THUR DURING THE TELEVISED DEBATE JUST SHOWS THAT HE STILL IS NOT READY. I JUST HOPE HE HAS LEARNED LESSON FROM ALL OF THIS.

  16. #16

    Nice, noodlez.
    I appreciate the clarification.

  17. #17

    Drez- not many dog parks being built- explain the $86 million in contracts for Parks and Recs given to Karim then?

    You and that ass-clown hymesb never ever comment about what's in the actual article. You try hard to avoid the reality of Fenty's blatant crony contracts and instead just try to cut Gray- exactly as Fenty's trying to do.

    You guys need a reality check and in a month's time, this will happen.

  18. #18

    Drez & hymesb deserve the worse computer virus around and karim, moten, fenty & skinner need to retire to a flophouse and do a daisychain.

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    ABM
    Those millions were spent building and rebuilding parks and recs for the residents of this great city.
    And, after dragging out the "independent" investigation (see insinuation of wrongdoing 'till past the primary, council's "independent" investigator will conclude there was no criminal wrongdoing, and council will pay the tab.
    Do you have any other questions? :)

  20. #20

    Yes, I have a question, have you seen the last poll? Gray up by 8 points.:)

  21. #21

    SuperS
    Yeah, I saw, but I didn't see where any of the poll's internals were made public. It was put together by a special interest group that's backing Gray, so the announcement of the results without those is probably more telling than whatever the actual numbers.

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    downtown rez, I don't think so, but we shall see September 14th. How about this, if Adrian wins, I will buy you coffee and if Gray wins, you will have to buy me coffee?

  23. #23

    I'm good with that.
    I have to say that I love you calling the mayor "Adrian" and the council chair "Gray". ;P

  24. #24

    The investigator was hired by the council (and several of them truly love, adore and can't get enough of Fenty) not just gray and it does not say independent anyhere in the article. He could be an "independent" investigator, but I thought that meant there was a little more to it???? The fraternal order of police is suing fenty as of last week due to dc refusing a FOIA request regarding contracts with peacoholics. Personally, my friends and I have been trying to get info on DYRS and their negligent actions that contributed to a murder - it has been exhausting and they are not going to help us. We have a right to this information and it shouldn't even be an issue for us - the dc residents. We voted for him to represent us. If Fenty is being accused of doing something he did not and this is a calculated attempt to smear him all he has to do is make the contracts/info available. And, do it now. Really. That's what people, companies, agencies, etc. do when they have nothing to hide and even some times when they do. I have many serious reasons for never supporting this man again. No Mayor should ever be allowed to stay in office if he denies his constituents access to dc govt information that they have a right to.

  25. #25

    downtown rez, we are on a blog, I am not speaking with them in person, so it is Gray and Adrian. Don't take life so serious.

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    Downtown rez, and I still want my coffee, lol

  27. #27

    Drez- not all of it was spent on parks and recs. We will never really know how much of it was pocketed by Karim for this "role" as a middle-man.

    It's truly sad that you can attempt to defend this. I hope the rest of the City isn't so blind.

  28. #28

    I'm sure you do, SuperS.
    I drink iced red-eyes, two sugars no cream, just FYI.

  29. #29

    "Let it be!" What happened to Whistleblower Lady Fenty fired when she called Chairman Gray about the "backdoor" attachment her Housing Authority Budget to pay Fenty's Frat Bro.-Skinner?
    Is it true "FBI has suspended Fenty,Skinner & Karim's Passports pending DC Special Investigators Report on the $82-Mil Sole-Source Contract?"
    Is "DC Watch also investigating Banneker Ventures shenanagins?
    Is it true KARIM is owner 4 DC Night Clubs numerous ABC violations, one in SW where Customer killed police bouncer over broken Champagne Bottle? ?
    Is it true DC Legal Circles abuzz this is "quiet-before-the-storm" Fed Indictrments may be imminent",..while Loose Lips poised for major expose? ?
    Are any of these growing rumors true? Inquiring minds want to know!

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