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Nickles: “They’re Lucky I’m Not There”

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has been pretty stingy about providing any kind of rebuttal to the explosive charges made against him in a lawsuit filed Monday by Attorney General Irv Nathan.

But back when Nathan's predecessor and doppelganger Peter Nickles first began his investigation into Thomas' non-profit Team Thomas last year, Thomas was a lot more talkative.

The investigation, according to Thomas, was a political vendetta—Nickles was out to get Thomas because he was one of former Mayor Adrian Fenty's political enemies.

"It is becoming evident that this has become abuse of his office and his power," Thomas said of Nickles' young investigation.

Thomas' charge that Nickles was using the last few months in office to settle political scores found a receptive audience in then Mayor-elect Vince Gray, who said he also felt like he had been targeted unfairly by Nickles for political reasons over a certain home fence project.

So, does Nickles now feel vindicated now that the Nathan has dropped the hammer on Thomas?

"Absolutely," says Nickles. “I said many months ago he was in big trouble, and he is."

Nickles says he had some knowledge of the most explosive allegation in Nathan's lawsuit—that Thomas steered an earmark to a non-profit named Langston 21 and then steered more than $316,000 of that money to himself—before leaving office at the end of last year.

"There were a lot of leads that we were pursuing," Nickles says. "A lot of people calling."

As for the current sad state of District government affairs, Nickles says he's disappointed to see the city's reputation tarnished, but suggests that there is plenty of more bad stuff still waiting to be uncovered.

“They’re lucky I’m not there, because there were a lot of other things I had sort of in progress," says Nickles, who declined to give specifics, though he added that he thinks Nathan is doing a bang-up job. These days, Nickles spends his time at his private law firm.

“As an outsider, not a politician, but a hard-nosed lawyer who knew when things were right and things were wrong…" he says, "there were a number of things I noted that were troubling to me.”

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Yeah, one of those things he's talking about is the detailed letter and memo sent to Wayne Willoughby, IG,requesting that the LOTTERY CONTRACT be investigated.

    Alan, please post pdf's of those documents so your readers can judge for themselves. What doea the IG's office say when you ask re the status.

    Have you asked Nathan whether the AG's office ever received a response?

  2. #2

    This is the same Nickles who help to cover-up potentially millions of dollars lost to the city and community by blocking efforts to review projects development by Donatelli Development in Columbia Heights. Let alone non investigation of similar behavior by CM Graham.

    As well Thomas's cry of vendetta and his potentially big problems are not mutually exclusive.

  3. Southeast Resident
    #3

    Grandpa Munster should just keep his trap shut and fade away into the hole that he came out of. He was first a master a covering King Fenty's tracks. He was a thief and did no service to the taxpayers by really living in Virginia and in covering up for Fenty friends Skinner, Karim and Moten. Not to mention being asleep at the switch when Skinner and Rubin were trying to give city property away for free.

  4. #4

    We miss you Uncle Pete!!!!

  5. #5

    Truth Hurts! they dont want 2 touch the lottery deal. that will cause a lot of heads 2 roll. its a shame because every black council member has their hands on this deal.i think Bowser was the only one that didnt vote in favor of this. mike brown is the lead on it thru his law firm. but every one of them got CASH in there hands 4 this deal. i know that 2 be a fact.

  6. #6

    One City, Fifth Amendment, Zero Standards.

  7. #7

    @ INSIDER: When the final vote was taken (following the late night Gray, Barry, Bailey's lobbyist meeting), I think Mendo's the only one to vote against it. A couple members were MIA. Gray abstained (after working out the deal and endorsing it to other CM's). It's all spelled out in the July request to IG.

  8. #8

    Please don't touch the lottery contract I would have to buy a post and city paper suscriptions. Wow!

  9. #9

    Ok, I just emailed LL pdf's of the AG's and Chief Procurement Officer's formal request for investigation. It's very detailed, chronicles every CM's vote(s), and makes quite a compelling case. Was addressed to Wayne Willoughby in July, 2010.

    LL, please post it as requested in comment 1. Along with a status report.

  10. #10

    Nickles is absolutely right but should add a little more- we're aren't just lucky he isn't the AG anymore, we're grateful.

    Who's dissatisfied with Nathan's actions thus far? Unlike Nickles, he isn't playing politics, he's just doing his job.

  11. #11

    TRUTH HURTS SO EXACTLY WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATION?

    WHY HAVE LL POST IT HERE? IF YOU ACCESS TO IT THEN EVERYBODY DOES AS WELL.

    WHY DONT YOU AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF WHINING ABOUT IT ALL THE GOT DAMN TIME!

    QUITE FRANKLY YOUR LIL' RUSE IS BECOMING MORE EVIDENT. IT’S SAD TO SEE FOLK DISPLAY IGNORANCE ALONG WITH SMARTS. YOU ARE FALLING VICTIM TO TODAYS BACKWARD SOCIETY. BASICALLY YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN THE FOLK WHO YOU ARE CLAIMING TO OUT WITH ALL YOUR RESEARCH, INSIDE INFO AND BULLSHIT.

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO HOLD TRUE TO YOUR HANDLE THEN SPEAK THE TRUTH AND HOLD TRUE TO FORM. DON’T COMMENT WITH ALL THE BULL SHIT YOUVE BEEN SHOUTING LATELY. IF YOU ARE GOING DOWN THAT ROUTE THEN YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR HANDLE.

    TRUTH HURTS => OXYMORONIC

    **********************************************************“They’re lucky I’m not there, because there were a lot of other things I had sort of in progress," says Nickles YEAH! I BET YOU DID.

    YO MR NICKLES WE ARE NOT LUCKY THAT YOU ARE NOT HERE WE ARE GLAD THAT YOU ARE NOT HERE YOU SORRY PIECE OF SHIT! YOU WERE IN CLEAR VIOLATION BY NOT LIVING IN WDC. YET YOU PUT ON THIS FAÇADE LIKE YOU AND THE WORST MAYOR WDC EVER HAD CONDUCTED THIS HONORABLE AND UPSTANDING NEW WAY OF RUNNING GOV’T WHEN IN FACT IT WAS JUST THE OPPOSITE! THUS THE OUSTER.

    THE SHIT THE PRVIOUS ADMIN PULLED GOING OUT THE DOOR WAS WORST THAN CHANGING A FEW LETTER ON THE KEYBOARD.
    “As an outsider, not a politician, but a hard-nosed lawyer who knew when things were right and things were wrong…" he says, "there were a number of things I noted that were troubling to me.” IT’S CALLED GUILT YOU JIVE TURKEY!

    FENTY ADMIN = LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD IN “8 MILE” MOVIE

  12. #12

    We're all lucky skeezeball jerkwad Nickles isn't in office anymore. All he did was attack Fenty's opponents and stuck his head in the mud when blatant evidence of corruption and improper practices surfaced about Fenty Allies such as Skinner and Ron Moten.

    Seriously Nickles, just go away. What is more, this high ranking DC official never bothered to move to DC, which is required by law for folks in positions such as the one he held.

  13. #13

    The DC Bar Counsel needs to launch a criminal investigation on Nickles-Fenty- Rhee .Nickles as an attorney should be disbarred along with his god-son Fenty and sent to Leavenworth Federal Prison for Criminal Conspiracy, Collusion, Fraud under RICO . Then his Tea Party Allies will be exposed and Rhee can spend the next twent years in Alderson WV.

  14. Respected Citizens
    #14

    FOR THE FENTY SUPPORTERS NOTE, THAT EVEN SINCLAIR SKINNER RESENTED "THE KKK NICKLES," A LONG TERM FRIENDS OF THE WORST MAYOR OUR CITY HAS HAD FOR FOUR YEARS.

  15. #15

    noodlez: I'll try and answer some of your questions.

    My motivation is simple. When I read or have personal knowlege about unethical or illegal activities involving public servants, I think it should be investigated. If investigations establish wrongdoing, I want it corrected and those involved brought to justice. I believe that public servants should be honest and act with integrity.

    I want LL (or any media) to post a link to the request for a lottery contract investigation because, contrary to your claim, everyone doesn't have access to it. I don't believe the formal detailed request has ever been made public.

    As a private citizen, I'm doing all I can do, which is to ask questions and comment.

    You say I'm no better than elected officials and private interests that steal from the city. How so? I'm not on the city's payroll, I don't contract with the city, and I don't steal from the city.

    What are you afraid of? The truth hurt's only when the facts do.

  16. #16

    I love you Nickles!!!!

    For what, you ask....for dropping the "fat boy" bomb on the head of Harry!!!

  17. #17

    Peaty's 15 mins isn't up yet?

    If the Lottery issue comes to light to it's a no winner for either team. I said it before and I will say it again...everybody is dirty ON BOTH SIDES in this deal. Let sleeping dogs lie.

    Again, if folks are worried about "unethical or illegal activities involving public servants" why can't we get some reporting on Wells? After that WPFW interview it's more than clear that what Wells is doing is nothing less then ethnic cleansing. It leads me to start wondering if Wells is receiving a pass from the media because the ends justify the means.

  18. #18

    When it comes to public officials, investigations ought not be motivated by which "team" (presumably meaning Fenty/Gray or white/black) is "dirty" or "wins". DC residents and taxpayers are the only "team" that should matter. And they win only when their govt works.

  19. #19

    Amen!!! Well said Truth Hurts

  20. #20

    HJT is a well-known womanizer and a dead-beat dad. His arrogance, horacious lying, and self-serving "public service" will land him next to Big Bubba in Sing-sing very soon. No Honor amongst this thief and his council of wolves in sheep's clothing. Good riddance to the lot of them. And by the way, what's up with the citizens that keep voting for these types...wise-up DC or meet your future...Detroit!!!

  21. #21

    Nickles has all the gall in the world his sorry ass didn't do a thing when Fenty ran around town as if he were king, everything his god son wanted he got at the expense of the taxpayers we had M. Rhee who is a total fraud and we still have Lanier thanks to Gray (the idiot) I must admit I no longer trust any politicians they all lie for corporations. Nickles back to you stay the hell in Virginia we citizens will handle DC.

  22. Nickles - Really?
    #22

    ???

    Peter Nickles is full of #$%@! He had 2+ years to investigate/review the accusations swirling around the Lottery contracts. Instead of enforcing the law, Nickles and others capitulated to Gray and he (Gray) ultimately got what he wanted. If Nickles was serious about addressing the concerns associated with the lottery and the various contracts, he could've requested the assistance of the U.S. Attorney's office and their investigators, as opposed to referring this matter to Willoughby and the feckless OIG.

    @Truth Hurts - LL can post the documents all he wants to. It won't change the fact that the District literally lost millions of dollars on the lottery deal and members of the Council could care less. Ironically, these budgetary reasons are now why CM M. Brown pushed the Intranet gambling legislation through the Council. Sad, sad, sad.

  23. #23

    ???

    Peter Nickles is full of it! He had 2+ years to investigate/review the accusations swirling around the Lottery contracts. Instead of enforcing the law, Nickles and others capitulated to Gray and he (Gray) ultimately got what he wanted. If Nickles was serious about addressing the concerns associated with the lottery and the various contracts, he could've requested the assistance of the U.S. Attorney's office and their investigators, as opposed to referring this matter to Willoughby and the feckless OIG.

    @Truth Hurts - LL can post the documents all he wants to. It won't change the fact that the District literally lost millions of dollars on the lottery deal and members of the Council could care less. Ironically, these budgetary reasons are now why CM M. Brown pushed the Intranet gambling legislation through the Council. Sad, sad, sad.

  24. #24

    The Post said Michael Brown pushed the internet gambling to help his firm, but now we know it helped his firms competitor,who was awarded the lotto contract months earlier. He's so dumb he prob thought they got the contract!

  25. #25

    Get OUT! u are right and u are wrong on this issue. he swich teams in the final negotiation with the rest of the council when they GAVE the new manority parner 51 percint of something he had absolutely nothing 2 do with.mike brown has his hand so deep in this deal he can stop work and be good the next 10 years. online gambling,watch the CASH roll in.

  26. #26

    "My motivation is simple... If investigations establish wrongdoing, I want it corrected and those involved brought to justice."

    If that were actually true, then where have you been on the Keith Lomax situation? You remember Lomax, no? He was the guy spotted repeatedly chauffeuring "he-is-if-I-say-so" Fenty around in a city vehicle, and once the city slapped them on the wrist and declared it illegal, all sorts of unsavory info about Lomax and his business came out.

    Although actually located in PG county and using a DC-owned property as a mail drop, RBK Landscaping and Construction was given contract preference as a DC-based business. Further, Mr. Lomax used that same address, which was being rented to an employee of the DCMPD at the time, to vote in the 2008 DC presidential primary.

    If that weren't enough, equally troubling and serious issues that had been raised were finally confirmed by the DC Auditor in her May 11th report.

    http://dcauditor.org/DCA/Reports/OPEFM%20Report%205_11_11.pdf

    The auditor concluded that there is no documentation or basis for $9.7 million in payments made to Lomax's firm in 2008 and 2009. A similar problem surfaced with Turner Construction where the files did not include 6 purchase orders and supporting documentation for $5,553,608 in payments to Turner.

    No justice, there, TH!

  27. #27

    Nice elipses. As you know, I was answering a question involving public officials, but you left that part out.

    Regardless, for the record I think everyone who defrauds the taxpayers should suffer the consequences. You obviously have a beef with Lomax. No problem. I don't know him or much about him. If you believe he committed crimes, though, by all means call the cops.

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