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Report: Jeff Thompson Close to a Plea Deal

The federal investigation into the shadow campaign that helped elect Vince Gray in 2010 has stayed mostly quiet during Gray's 2014 bid. But that could change soon, with the Washington Post reporting that alleged shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson is close to cutting a plea deal with U.S. Attorney Ron Machen.

The investigation into Thompson, once the owner of a District Medicaid contractor and part-owner of a well-connected accounting firm,  has reached as far afield as the Virgin Islands and as far back as Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. But a Thompson plea deal would have the most immediate impact on Gray's election chances.

At last week's WAMU debate, Gray said his attorney had provided prosecutors with some information that they had requested for their investigation. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to talk with LL about Thompson, while Thompson attorney Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. didn't respond to a request for comment.

Photo courtesy Charles Parsons

  • DCShadyBoots

    Heard it all before.

  • Tight Lips

    One City One Soap!

  • The Oracle of Sunnyside Road

    Somewhere, Jo-Ann Armao just climaxed.

  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit

    Well well well. This will be interesting.

  • DC Guy

    This will either be a great, or horrible day for the Mayor.

  • drez

    This week or this month, this month or this year, gray's indictment is coming.

  • HOOKMAN

    It will be a sad day if both these dickbags dont do time...are we really that F'en naive t believe Gray knew nothing...was he so oblivious to what was going on ???....did he believe his top campaign workers wanted him to be mayor so bad that they'd be willng to go to jail without getting anything in return...if Thompson walks without prison time and Gray isnt indicted...what a friggen waste of time this will have been..

  • drez

    Time and tide, Hookman.
    No one beleives him innocent of felony. Even his supporters don't. They just pray no one can prove he did it.
    Bad bet on their part with this much attention and this many people and this much money involved.

  • http://citypaper Tony

    Jack Johnson will have some area company.

  • John

    Tom Sherwood said this is likely to go down tomorrow.

  • truth hurts

    Likely tomorrow, but not guaranteed to be tomorrow

  • noodlez

    SO MAYOR GRAY SUPPOSEDLY CLOSE FRIENDS AND ALLIES PLED GUILTY AND NONE OF THOSE SIMPLE MINDED FOLK FINGERED MAYOR GRAY.

    SO HOW DOES THE JOKER WHO BANKROLLED THE SCHEME PLEA DEAL HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH MAYOR GRAY GETTING INDICTED?

    YA'LL BAMMAS WIDE EYED AND BUSHY TAILED AT SOME MYSTICAL CARROT DANGLING BEFORE YOU.

    ONE CITY.

  • truth hurts

    Sorry, noodlez, but you're premise that none of those that already pleaded guilty has implicated one city is incorrect.

  • noodlez

    SO WHATS THE HOLD UP???

    IF ONE SAID HE KNEW AND CO-CONSPIRED THEN HOW MUCH MORE EVIDENCE DOES BROTHER RON NEED?

    I AM BUYING THAT THOMPSON WILL MAN UP AND TAKE HIS MEDICINE.

    I AM SELLING THAT MAYOR GRAY WILL BE INDICTED ON HEARSAY BECAUSE IF BROTHER RON HAD EVIDENCE THEN AGAIN I ASK WHAT IS THE HOLD UP?

    TO TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER MURIEL BOWSER'S CONTINUOUS COMMENT ABOUT RON MACHEN SAYING THERE IS SOME THERE THERE IS NOT ONLY IGNORANT ON HER PART BECAUSE SHE IS NOT PRIVY TO THE EVIDENCE BUT IT IS ALSO STUPID BECAUSE SHE IS BASING HER ENTIRE CAMPAIGN ON MAYOR GRAY RESIGNING IF HE GETS INDICTED.

    SOMETHING I'M SURE HE WILL NOT DO AFTER HE PUBLICLY ADMITTED TO DOING NOTHING WRONG.

  • Whatever

    I AM TIRED OF THIS SHIT.

    WHERE DID 300 MILLION PLUS A YEAR GO?

    THAT IS THE QUESTION NOBODY WANTS TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO.

    NEVER MIND.

  • Corky

    Just another attempt by the Post to manipulate the election. Please stop. What does "close to a deal" mean? Was he any closer than 6 months ago, or is it just the Posst trying once again to drill into our heads that it hates Mayor Gray 3 weeks out from the election? We get it!!! Try being a respectable paper again.

  • truth hurts

    Noodlez, Machen has methodically been working his way up the food chain. Why hasn't he indicted the mayor yet? Mainly because he wants an airtight case before pulling the trigger. Several witnesses are better than a couple. Also, he was prevented from reviewing hundreds of thousands documents until recently, and he doesn't want any surprises. In short, he's very cautious,perhaps overly cautious. On the other hand, he's throwing a perfect game after 7 innings.

  • SEis4ME

    TH even if Machen doesn't charge Gray, it won't change your "opinion" on what happened. The evidence will not matter to you. That's why I often refer to your Tea Party logic. It just won't matter. So all this "methodical" glowing speech about Machen will be trashed.

    Or maybe you'll do just the opposite and accept the facts (as we will then know them) like those who are/considering supporting Gray?

    Muriel Bowser is running for Mayor so as brotha Jackson said, "Keep...Hope...A-Live"

  • drez

    SEis4ME
    I know from years of personal experience that executives and political candidates, at least successful ones, keep close tabs on every facet of their campaign and fundraising operation.
    You see me as biased against Gray, and that is true. But that bias comes from first hand knowledge and experience.
    It's simply not credible that he did not know.

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