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Harry Thomas Jr. To Resign, Says WUSA9

WUSA9's Bruce Johnson is reporting that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is set to resign his council seat and take a plea with federal prosecutors that will send him to prison. (Back story you all know by now: Thomas was sued by the D.C. attorney general last summer for allegedly taking more than $300,000 in city funds earmarked for "youth baseball" and spending it on himself. Thomas agreed to pay back the money but has not admitted any wrongdoing. A month ago, federal agents searched Thomas' house and seized his SUV, motorcycle and cell phone.) Johnson reports that "Thomas will plead to at least one felony, possibly more. He expects to get a two to three year prison sentence."

"I just couldn't beat the tax charges," Thomas said to one of his associates, according to Johnson. Last month's raid was conducted by the FBI as well as by agents from the IRS's criminal investigations division.

A little cold water: NBC4's Tom Sherwood reports that Thomas' lawyers are in sensitive talks with the feds over a possible plea, but have reached no agreement. One source close to Thomas tells LL  that the councilmember and his lawyers are in serious discussions with the U.S. Attorney's Office and some sort of deal is expected shortly.

In any event, look for a very exciting day at the Wilson Building tomorrow if Thomas shows up for the legislative session. If he doesn't show, well, look for a really boring day.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Blevins

    @SEis4ME: Hmmm. Interesting. So, all Gray has to do is maintain status quo, and that warrants re-election? Comedy. And who, may I ask, established the status quo that he seeks to maintain?

    You've set a pretty low bar. I see a Mayor with precious little vision for the future of the city (beyond his silly catchphrase), who has at base failed to articulate what he aims to accomplish during his first term. I see a mayor with no specific legislative agenda, who has dealt with highly avoidable errors made by his administration, but accepts no responsibility for them.

    Of course, I guess the few remaining Vince supporters have an easier time if they aren't honest about his lack of accomplishments.

    And, lest we forget:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/afge/4684697885/

  • Really?

    @Drez from your perspective I wouldn’t guess that you would see him as hero. What I don’t want to get lost in this conversation are the events that have lead Harry current predicament. Harry dared to question the practices of the “golden goose”. He dared to air, in a public forum, questionable practices conducted by the “golden gooses” administration. This airing of “dirty laundry” became one of the many…but frequently repeated rallying cries that the “golden gooses” detractors said was the reason the gooses egg stank.

    What Harry failed to see is that before you start going after a “golden goose” that has powerful supporters you better have you crap in order and he didn’t. In fact his ish stank too, but you best believe if Harry stayed in his lane and the golden goose was reelected we wouldn’t be here.

    Skinner is just a freakin pawn in this whole story. He’s being used by the same paper that called him a racist to spout what others can’t about Harry et al.

  • Blevins

    @Really, That last post was probably the dumbest thing you've written on here yet, which is saying a TREMENDOUS amount.

    "The System", "They", etc etc etc. Uh, HTJ comes from a political dynasty (such as it is) - he IS "The System". What's next, a dissertation on "The Plan"?

    Do you Really believe HTJ is in the trouble he is currently in because of the prior administration? Really, Really?

    HTJ created a fake non-profit, stole city dollars intended for children, and used it to play "baller". End of story. Theft is theft - you may not like it, but to paraphrase your oft repeated meme, there's rules for (all of) us. HTJ goes to prison - game over.

  • SEis4nothing & Sinclair

    I think it really absurd that the topic of Harry Thomas quickly turned into an all out attempted excoriation of Sinclair Skinner. It seems to reason (or perhaps not seemingly at all) that "SEis4nothing" has a personal problem with Sinclair Skinner. What does this man's (SS) earned engineering degree has to do with any part of the Harry Thomas discussion? What does his (SS) boilerplate statement (typical) in past hearings has to do with any part of the Harry Thomas discussion? I assume "SEis4nothing" is black, and it is sad that you feel the way you do about Skinner (a black man) all because you don't have the "acumen" to obtain 97 million in contracts and even more an engineering degree. (Shaking my head at the black on black hate). However the man earned his degree, it is obvious that the powers that be considered his knowledge base sound enough in order to have conferred a degree upon him. SEis4nothing, praytell, what degree type do you possess, if any? You try so hard to be an erudite but you always come across as gutter (SE, for sure) in your personal attacks...attack Gray for being a lapboy! But I'm sure it is Gray who hired you to amuse us in these blogs...ha ha ha

  • Really?

    @Bevy here are some crayons please take them and your kindergarten education in sit right over in the corner and color. Really pats bevy on the head. Go on now. Shoo!

    The non-profit wasn’t fake what the issue is/was is that he used monies from the government to enrich himself. It’s wrong and I’ve seen too many non-profit organizations do the same thing and I hate it. Thus why I’ve become jaded with many of them.

    Never ever had I said that what he did was right nor have I ever stated that he shouldn’t be punished for what he did. What I’m trying to keep in the conversation is why Harry’s issues came to light.

  • Really?

    @duhhhh

    Auditor accuses Nickles of hindering probe of development agencies

    By: Bill Myers | 08/06/09 11:00 PM
    Staff Writer

    D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles is being accused of obstructing a probe into hundreds of millions of public dollars' worth of development and construction projects, documents obtained by The Examiner show.

    City Auditor Deborah Nichols says she wants a look at the last few years of books of the Anacostia Waterfront Commission and the National Capital Revitalization Corp. but that Nickles is invoking attorney-client privilege to prevent access to important records.

    "It's quite clear that the [Attorney General's Office] is inexplicably attempting to subvert the auditor's authority, Nichols wrote in a July 2 letter obtained by The Examiner. Nichols called the attorney general's conduct "unconscionable and unacceptable.

    The attorney general said he was invoking privilege "where the lawyers feel it's appropriate and that the exemption applies to only "15 or 20 documents. He denied that he was trying to interfere with Nichols' probe.

    "That's ridiculous, Nickles said. "She's setting an absolutely absurd standard.

    The publicly funded agencies are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development projects.
    According to a source familiar with Nichols' audit, she also is asking questions about tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees the revitalization corporation paid to Michelle Fenty in 2006 as Mayor Adrian Fenty, then a D.C. councilman, campaigned for the mayor's office. The mayor's wife focuses her practice on global technology transactions and does not appear to have a background in community development.

    At the time, the city's inspector general confirmed an investigation into the commission, but no report has been filed. Agency spokesman Austin Anderson declined comment. Adrian Fenty has since reappointed Inspector General Charles Willoughby and brought the two agencies under the full control of his office.

    The attorney general is under increasing pressure after it emerged that key evidence in a class-action suit against the police department was destroyed after being given to city lawyers. Nickles has been ordered to investigate the destruction and report back to federal Judge Emmet Sullivan. Two D.C. Council members, Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, and Phil Mendelson, D-at large, have called on him to resign.

  • SEis4ME

    @Blevins, according to every anti-Gray screen I've read, they also wanted to maintain the status quo, but with Fenty. So I'm not exactly sure what it is about the "status quo" that you have a problem with. If the "established" status quo is that left by Fenty, I would assume you would support another mayor continuing what he started. Maybe not.

    I haven't seen much change in Gray's "vision" from that when he ran as a candidate. What he hopes to accomplish differs little than when he ran. So i don't get how you don't know anything about his vision for the city. Maybe you don't like it and think it's inadequate, but check his website, it should give you an idea.

    I've yet to see any politician win an office and offer no legislative agenda. That would mean that his/her legislative "team" aren't doing a damn thing. Factoid: not "liking" someones agenda is 100% NOT the same as them not having an agenda. Please learn the distinction.

    WRT his accepting responsibility, you can't possibly think him "accepting responsibility" (again) would change the minds of even 1/10th of his critics. If that were the case, you wouldn't be asking him to do it...again.

  • SEis4ME

    SElike meI think it really absurd that the topic of Harry Thomas quickly turned into an all out attempted excoriation of Sinclair Skinner. It seems to reason (or perhaps not seemingly at all) that "SEis4nothing" has a personal problem with Sinclair Skinner.

    Speaking of absurdity, I assume you also find it absurd that Skinner's online persona quickly turned an article solely about Thomas into an excoriation of Gray, Graham and the media? That is a logical assumption.

    So what I suggest you do is utilize the skills learned as early as 5th grade and learn how to read and comprehend. If you had, you would see that Skinner opened the door to this and I walked right on through.

    Skinner can piss while standing without your help.

  • SEis4nothing & Sinclair

    Still though, SEis4nothing you never answered my question...LOL...what degree type do you possess, if any? Maybe "communications" which is the most easiest to obtain and the most useless these days I might add judging by your hokum...ha ha ha

    5th grade...LOL...you seem to be in a constant state of regression of the 5th grade given your strong desire for playground antics.

    And I'm sure Skinner can piss while sitting too without my help...degenerate...you cannot come for me, dude...LOL...you are right where you belong in the gutter trying to be relevant...

    Now, now, SEis4nothing, I have a very important job to do so I cannot engage you constantly like I'm sure you want me to. I know you live for this stuff but only because you cannot find better use of your time...why don't you help Barry clean up MLK Avenue lest you are one of the ones who creep there at 1am in search of a $5 trick. You must be on crack too!

  • noodlez

    @Blevins-SLIM THOSE SMOKE SIGNALS YOU SENDING UP FOR ME TO RESPOND TO HJT'S POSSIBLE RESIGNATION WASNT IN FACT SMOKE SIGNALS AT ALL BUT IT WAS FROM THAT SHIT YOU SMOKIN!!!

    YOU AND ALL THE MAYOR GRAY HATERS REALLY NEED TO PUMP YALL BRAKES BECAUSE YALL BAMMAS ARE DRIVING RECKLESS.

    SO WHY ARE YOU SUMMONING ME TO THIS CESSPOOL? DAMN EVEN SINCLOWN SHITSTAIN MADE AN APPEARANCE TO SOME HOW DISSUADE FOLKS FROM THEIR RIGHTOUS INDIGNATION REGARDING HIS LEGAL THEFT OF MONEY COVERED UP BY FAGGIE FENTY AND THAT POMPOUS ASSHOLE THAT IS NICKLES!

    CHECK MY POSTS NUMBKNUTTS I TOTALLY DISAGREED WITH HJT AND HIS USING OF THE CHILDREN SPORTS ENTERPRISE AS A FRONT AND NOT SPENDING THE MONEY ON THE CHILDREN AS INTENDED. WHAT I WAS HOOPIN AND HOLLERING ABOUT WAS THE BIG FUCKING DEAL OF $300K WHEN THE PREVIOUS ATTORNEY GENERAL HELP ESCORT MILLIONS OUT THE FRONT DOOR INTO THE POCKETS OF THE LIKES OF SINCLOWN SHITSTAIN AND OTHERS. TO THIS DAY NO ONE HAS BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

    DID MAYOR GRAY APPOINT CURRENT DC ATTORNEY GENERAL? Blevins WE DON’T NEED YOUR ‘LET ME FRAME IT SO I CAN LOOK GOOD’ BULLSHIT. HJT PUT FLENTY ON BLAST ABOUT BACKDOORING CONTRACTS AND STOPPED HIS MONEY TRAIN SO FLENTY WENT AFTER HIM BUT IN A BITCH TYPE MANNER.

    ACCORDING TO REPORTING BY THAT DALLAS JONESBOYS LOVER HJT WAS QUOTED AS SAYING IT’S BECAUSE OF THE TAX EVASION CHARGE AND NOT THE FUNNELING OF DOUGH TO N.P.O. THAT WILL CAUSE HIM TO POSSIBLY STEP DOWN.

    OK AND????? I’M GLAD TO SEE HE IS MANNIN UP TO HIS SHIT! BY THE WAY I DIDN’T SEE YOU COMMENT ON EVANS AND FINAGLINGS.

  • duhhhh

    @SEis4nothing&Sinclair: SEis4ME's academic letters are totally irrelevant. His/her questions are legitimate.

    SE...&SS: Do YOU have advanced degrees related to that 'important job' you have to do? Or are you using poor grammar to throw us off?

    Hmmm, did SS 'have the acumen' to obtain those
    $97 millions in contracts?

    And more importanly, are you equating SE residents with the gutter?

    At first I thought you might be the 'counselor'
    but he is much too learned.....(er, "erudite") to be so crass......ISN'T HE?

    "Why does man not see things? He is himself standing in the way: He covers them."

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    (Literally and figuratively, maybe?)

  • SEis4nothing & Sinclair

    I see why you call yourself "duhhhhhhhh!"

    Well, duhhhh, you are certainly barren of any substance! The "academic letters" (lol) of SEis4nothing are not irrelevant particularly when he repeatedly beckoned questions of Mr. Skinner regarding his "academic letters" (lol).

    Here is a question for you though, what alleyway or dumpster from which you scurry? Stop it with your defense of SE residents! Am I supposed to feel bad? Not a chance.

    Aaaannnnnd, speaking of counselor, you need to counsel 90 percent of SE residents into phucking civilization. I always feel like I'm in a third world country when I go to certain parts of Ward 8.

    You don't know a thing about Nietzsche, but you quote him.

    Nonetheless, here is some Kant for you to consider: “One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.”

  • SEis4ME

    SElikeme, I don't have a degree. I dropped out in the 11th grade. But do you need a degree to watch and listen to a hearing where a man (Skinner) is asked how he obtained his engineering license and note the man's response? I see that neither you nor Skinner are willing to address that..my illiteracy notwithstanding.

    On the real, I was fine with never seeing your handle here. So I can't say there is much that I wanted you to do since I don't know jack about your online persona.

    ...why don't you help Barry clean up MLK Avenue lest you are one of the ones who creep there at 1am in search of a $5 trick. You must be on crack too!

    See how you learn something new everyday. I've lived in the Ward for 9 years and never knew that part of MLK was in a red light district. You musta got some bargain brain because $5 seems cheap, even for SE. Did they arrest you like Kevin?

  • SEis4nothing & Sinclair

    Ahhh, SEis4ME, see I called you by your proper screen name! Are you happy? I take pity therefore I concede. Sometimes it gets to me when I beat up on people. I don't like to be thought of as a bully so I resign the quips.

    I must say though for an 11th grade dropout, which I don't believe actually, you're a pretty smart guy or gal. However, with that given, you should know that all attacks don't go without one in kind. And even though I don't know Mr. Skinner personally, I still wonder why you would attack him as such. You should learn to respect why others cannot appreciate a type that you back and vice versa. It should not be the case where you attack people for opining not to your liking. Even though Mr. Skinner was the pot calling the kettle black, still, that was "his" commentary, "not" yours.

  • duhhhh

    You're an interesting guy, SE...&S!

    1. I can't quote Nietzsche because you say I don't know a thing about him. What's there to know since all you could possibly know about Kant is what you read? Our lifetimes span 3 centuries. But I digress.
    2. I can't ask about your disparagement of SE residents, but you spend enough time in certain parts of Ward 8 to feel as if you were in a 3rd World Country. I have a feeling you would be more than uncomfortable in a 3rd World Country. They eat stepped on worms like you.
    3. Of course you won't feel bad....YOU CAN'T.
    4. I admire SEis4ME. You must also because you finally refer to him or her by the screen name he or she has chosen. I doubt that you would be able to "beat up on" SEis4ME even if he is a she. He or she owned up to a lack of academic letters even though you don't believe it.
    Goes to show he or she knows his or her place since SE is 4 him or her.
    5. The dumpster I crawl out of may be the next one you pass when you're out here. Don't let these degrees on my wall from top tier universities fool you. Your empty rhetoric rattles around in your pompous and disillusioned mind until it spews forth like acid. Maybe you could use your spit to defend yourself if you had the nerve to make your presence known to some of our less enlightened, but very street-wise residents.
    5. Oh you know Skinner alright. You're just a little more articulate; but you're both cut of the same cloth: both phony as $3 bills and just as cowardly pathetic. SEis4ME doesn't need academic credentials to see through both of you. We all recognize both of you for what you are. So stay in your lane, Humpty.

    "The only true step out of one's own class is a step down."

    Nietzche

    Now I must move onto MY important job: Praying for your safe egress the next time you're in SE. We're not so uncivilized as you think. We don't need any more victims of crime.

  • SEis4nothing & Sinclair

    Hey duhhhhhhhhhhhh, LOL...top tier, top schmeer...what does that mean...that they made particular textbooks just for the top schmeer...get outta here with that aged old way of wanting to sound like you're somebody, when in fact your nothing...not in my world nor in Mr. Skinner's, I posit. In fact, I would not know what's on your crumbling wall unless you told me. That is something you wanted all to know, but in reality it doesn't mean anything...your still an idiot...LOL.....Mr. Skinner and I are laughing at you.

    You cannot pray for me since perhaps (very likely) you are a swine worshipper! I don't eat swine and no one in my circle does. I bet that one is sending you looney, isn't it?

    Something I said ate at you like WORMS THAT GROW IN AND PLUCK AWAY AT SWINE. That swine is making you go batty! Geez, you went on a nonsensical delineation of why you can't appreciate me - someone you don't even know. I pity you, swineboy.

    "Goes to show he or she knows his or her place since SE is 4 him or her" <<<<<<Were you on that poor man's cocaine would said this?

    Cracked out and swined out! Oh boy, go to rehab!!!!!!!!

  • SEis4nothing & Sinclair

    hey duhhhh

  • AttheWilsonBldg?

    @SE...&:

    Oh!! Now we get it.
    You're going to and from the Mental Health facilities when you visit SE. I'm sorry SE...&S. I thought you were a rational and lucid individual. Mea Culpa, I didn't mean to interact with you between your medical regimen. Matter of fact, I should have known. No need to reply. I don't suffer fools very well and you are.....
    let's just leave it at that. OTAY???

  • duhhhh

    @SE....&S: I couldn't have said it better.

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