Loose Lips

HTJ: I Will Make Team Thomas’ Records Public

Attorney General Irv Nathan may look like his predecessor, but he's not acting like him. Word from the A.G.'s office is that the new boss will not comment on ongoing investigations and therefore won't be telling members of the media whether or not Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. complied with yesterday's court-ordered deadline to hand over detailed financial records of his youth sports non-profit, Team Thomas.

Team Thomas, you'll recall, is under investigation from the A.G.'s office for allegedly seeking charitable contributions without a license. The Washington Post editorial page has also raised all sorts of questions about Team Thomas soliciting and accepting contributions from corporations that have business before the council without there being any record of Thomas' possible conflicts of interest.

Thomas says his lawyers met with Nathan yesterday afternoon to discuss the case, but Thomas wasn't sure whether his attorneys had handed anything over yet. Thomas says he's got the records ready to go and it's just a matter of determining how the information is to be "transmitted." (LL's suggestion: email.)

Asked whether he'd share those records with the public, Thomas says "Yeah, absolutely, I have no problem with that." You'll remember that last time a judge upheld a subpoena seeking information from Team Thomas, Thomas held a news conference to release the info publicly before handing it over the A.G.'s office. This time around, however, there's been nothing.

Thomas went on to say that he has nothing to hide and the entire investigation into Team Thomas stems from Attorney General Peter Nickles cold, black, politically motivated heart.

"That's why I wanted to make sure that my due process rights were not violated," says Thomas.

Thomas' lawyer, Fred Cooke Jr., couldn't be reached to clarify exactly what the status is on Team Thomas handing over the requested documents.  LL will update as necessary.

  • Skipper

    How does a registered lobbyist with business regularly before the Council also serve as the personal attorney of a sitting Council Member?

  • Truth Hurts

    What a total jerk. Due process rights? Well, two different judges have already ordered Thomas aka Team Thomas to comply with the AG's subpoenas.

    He won't or can't say whether he complied with the latest court order and coughed up records yesterday? Priceless. He doesn't know or seem to care whether he obeyed a direct order from a DC judge. If he didn't, the judge can (and should) lock him up for contempt of court.

    And Thomas tells LL he is going to make the records public. It's only about the 10th time he's made that promise. But uummm .... HE'S NEVER KEPT HIS WORD!

    To Skipper, great question re Cooke. John Ray, another lobbyist, also has acted as Thomas' attorney in this case. The reasonable market value of their combined legal services has to be well over 25k and counting. Who, if anyone, has paid their fees? Is Thomas going to make that public too?

    What a (one) city. Transparency and integrity, baby.

  • H&R Block

    Garbage in, garbage out.

    Who believes the records Thomas discloses are gonna be anything other than bunk.

    Let's see the original bank statements.

  • Kitty1

    such an embarrassment for the city. statehood and voting rights is a PIPE DREAM as long as the likes of thomas are on the council. why can't anyone see this?

  • Ward 4 Action

    Did Thomas "twist arms" for Biddle too?

  • Whoeva I wanna be

    Maybe we should wait for the outcome of the investigation before we cast judgments and (mis)characterizations. A little civility is in order, readers!

  • Skipper

    I'm waiting an announcement that the non-profits records were accidentally doused with acid, set on fire, and then the ashes encased in a concrete block that happened to fall into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • noodlez

    FAKE ASS GRANSTANDING NICKLES GOT YALL HATERS ALL GASSED UP.

    THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE. LET A.G. INVESTIGATE AND THEN JUDGE THOMAS AFTERWARDS.

    ONE CITY!

  • Truth Hurts

    Your point might pass the laugh test if fake ass grandstanding Cooke and Thomas weren't making fake ass grandstanding statements to the press and public.

    Nickles is gone, dude, and HT is still a jerk.

  • Drez

    Lots of people are jerks.
    But it seems like HT is a lying crook, too.

  • Jhon Doe

    OH What a tangled Web We Weave when we Practice to Decieve. For the love of Money. To be or not to be that is the question? It is better to recieve than to give. who stole the cookies out of the cookie Jar? Vote for me and I will set you free! Bite the hand that feeds you! All of me why not take All from me! I Love you you love me lets get together and rob the City! take from them everything but give to them nothing. That my friends is Poltics. live and in living Color!

  • DCCommish

    We have a process, rules, and a court. The jury is still out and I'm sure after all the docs are filed and made public we will begin to learn the truth. Let's hold off any judgement until the truth is in black and white. Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see!

  • noodlez

    @ TRUTH-SLIM I KNOW HIS BITCH ASS IS GONE BECAUSE I HELP VOTE HIS ASS OUT.

    THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS NICKLES ACCOMPLISHED WHAT HE WANTED WHICH IS EVIDENT BY YOUR PRE-JUDGEMENT OF THOMAS.

    ONE CITY!

  • Truth Hurts

    My opinion of Thomas was formed BEFORE Nickles even became the AG. It's gotten worse ever since. Go ahead, keep talking about Fenty and Nickles until 2014 if you like. That's what HT and his crew are counting on.

  • Rake

    One City! Once a rallying cry for fools, still a rallying cry for fools.

    When was the attorney general's position on the ballot, noodlez? I must have missed it...

    Thomas, Gray, and Brown are products of a DC political culture that has been in place for 40 years, and has accomlished almost nothing. Of course, a mayor challenging the status quo can get things accomplished, but pays with his job.

    One City, moving backward, under Gray.

  • noodlez

    @ Rake-TAKE THE RED BALL OUT YOUR MOUTH, UNSTRAP, OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER. FENTY WILL NOT BE OBLIGING YOU ANY LONGER. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE MOVING BACKWARDS ONLY TO REALIZE NO ONE IS THERE.

    YEAH YOU MUST HAVE MISSED IT THINKING HIS BITCH ASS CHALLENGED THE STATUS QUO. TYPICAL FLUNKY THINKS THAT BAMMA ASS DID SOMETHING.

    THEY ONLY THING HE DID WAS SPEND OUR MONEY AND THE ONLY THING HE HAS TO SHOW FOR IT IS A OVERPRICED DOG PARK, A FIELD HE NAMED AFTER HIMSELF, A STREETCAR TO NOWHERE, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDER TRAINED CITY FOLK, WORST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY AND A FREE $10K BIKE!

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE! AT LEAST WE GET SOME SORT OF PAYBACK FROM THE MCNABB DEAL W/PHILLY BECAUSE FLENTY HAS DONE NOTHIN FOR THIS CITY AT LEAST MCBADD GAVE PHILLY SOME GOOD TIMES. THAT HALF-NEGRO FENTY WAS ALL BAD.

    ONE CITY.

  • Truth Hurts

    How's that update coming along, LL?

  • Truth Hurts

    Not so good, I take it.

    ONE CITY, DUDES!!!

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