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Nickles Compares Self to Train, Says He’s Still Waiting For Team Thomas Docs

Attorney General Peter Nickles told LL yesterday afternoon that his office still hasn’t gotten any documents from Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. related to “Team Thomas,” the non-profit that Thomas’ critics have called a city-funded slush fund.

“Not a single piece of paper as of this moment,” Nickles said, adding that he’s instructed his staff to send Thomas a reminder that he owes Nickles some paperwork by next Tuesday. On Nov. 2—election day, and Thomas’ birthday—a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled that Thomas had three weeks to answer Nickles’ subpoena for Team Thomas’ financial records.

Nickles indicated, again, that his request isn’t that burdensome and Thomas should have handed over the documents by now. “As I said, if you’re running a legitimate operation the documents are right here,” he said, referring to top drawer of his desk.

Thomas’ lawyer, Fred Cooke Jr., said his client “absolutely” plans to comply with the subpoena and the documents will be turned over either on or before Tuesday.

As for the timing of when the documents are handed over, says Cooke: “Peter is not the arbiter of all things on the planet.”

Nickles, by the way, seemed to be showing no signs of slowing down during the last month and a half he has left as A.G. He hinted to LL that he’s considering suing Wall Street rating agencies for not doing their jobs in the whole subprime mortgage mess and screwing over District investments.

“I don’t intend to ease up on the throttle,” Nickles said. He then compared himself to the runaway train that’s the protagonist in the new Denzel Washington movie. “I’ve always been that way.”

Photo By Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    So Thomas has said (about 15 times) that he's ready, willing and able to produce the records. Just hasn't done it because Nickles subpoenaed them.

    Cooke said (several times) that Nickles lacked authority to subpoena Thomas' records.

    Judge sided with Nickles and ordered Thomas to produce records. So Team Thomas lost,and spent time and $ doing so that could've bought a whole lotta Thanksgiving turkeys.

    PREDICTION: Records that Thomas turns over next week will be incomplete and nonresponsive to subpoena. Then it's back to Court for arguments re (non)compliance.

  2. #2

    Harry Thomas is a liar and crook. Prediction: He will go to jail!

  3. #3

    Nickles has nerve he can't wait to pounce on Thomas but would do his damn job when it came down to investigating his godson. When is his last day? The idiot.

  4. #4

    If HT is a liar and a crook, what does that make Fenty?

    TH I wonder why you never jumped on Fenty with the same zeal as you have for jumping on Harry T.

    Also, how is the relationship with DRez going?

  5. #5

    The blog is about Thomas and whether/when he's going to cough up Team Thomas records.

    Sliming Fenty/Nickles enables certain simpleminded commenters to feel better about themselves, but their comments don't address the issue at hand: Team Thomas.

    Obsessive Fenty/Nickles hatred will be old news in a couple of months. Most intelligent folks already are far more interested in Mayor Gray's actions. Will he continue to be influenced by Thomas, Barry, Alexander, Brown, etc? And if so, what will that tell us about Mayor Gray?

    If Gray delivers on his campaign rhetoric, virtually everyone will admire him. However, if he/his supporters continue to blame everything on Fenty, et al, it'll be disastrous.

    Btw, pay no mind to Crazy. He's an escapee from St. E's, true to his moniker.

  6. #6

    @Truth YOU CAN NOT SPEAK ABOUT TEAM THOMAS WITH OUT MENTIONING FENTY/NICKLES BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THIS IS NOTHING BUT PETTY FEELINGS BEING EXPRESSED BY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE THOMAS SPEARHEADED THE CONTRACTS INVESTIGATION AND PUT A HALT TO THAT TRAIN BEFORE IT REALLY GOT UNDER WAY.

    AS I SAID BEFORE IF HE IS PUTTING THE MONEY BACK IN THE COMMUNITY THEN I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT. HOWEVER IF HE IS FUNNELING MONEY TO HIS BUDDIES AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS FOR PRIVATE PROFIT THEN BY ALL MEANS LOCK HIS ASS UP!

    IT NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME HOW WHEN FAGGIE FENTY BUTT BOYS WERE BEING CALLED ON THE CARPET YOU HAD DELAYS, ABSENCES AND ALL THESE EXCUSES. AND WHERE WAS NICKLES? HE WASNT PRESSING THEM LIKE HE PRESSING THOMAS.

    THOMAS' NON-PROFIT IS NOT NEW SO NOW WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN ITS A PROBLEM?

  7. #7

    Interesting in deed.

  8. #8

    Thank heavens that Nickles is leaving.

  9. #9

    Tick Tock, HT, Tick Tock.

  10. #10

    Cooke's "on or before" statement requires deletion of the "before" part. Less than 2 hours until "on" kicks in.

  11. #11

    OK, CM Thomas and Atty Cooke, time's up for complying with court order. Put down pens/paper and hand in your work.

  12. #12

    TH- I agree that Thomas should comply. That's nothing worst that having public funds routed inappropiately with little to no oversight. Now you see how some of us feel about Karim and his contracts or Skinner and his. I think they should all be scrutinized and pay the Piper accordingly.

  13. #13

    So now you're being civil? I always thought you had it in you, but was starting to wonder. Better late than never.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Btw, did you check out Thomas' document dump? Pretty sure we'll agree on this one.

  14. #14

    As the clock strikes 12, it appears Comment #1 was spot on.

  15. #15

    TH- civility is overrated. Hasn't the tea-party proven this? But, as I've stated in the past, I have no qualms calling out bad behavior when I see it. I'm not a die-hard anyone anymore. Fenty scarred me years ago. I'm all bruised and battered from his abuse. If Gray does similar, no problem calling it out and working to do my part as an active voter.

    Thomas is a fucking moron in general though. Jeez, with him, Kwame, and Fenty, Bush has even sounded good (maybe, this one's a reach). I'm just surprised that he's in office. Fenty had a charm about him that made people ignore his stupidity. Thomas is just an asshole and a dimwitted one as well.

  16. #16

    Nickles is a hypocrite. He spends millions of the city's money fighting citizens who file FOIAs -- but gets upset when he does not get the papers he is asking for.

    Good riddence..Mr. Nickles. You're hypocritical type won't be missed. Just counting down the days until your are out of DC...

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