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Fenty: I Can't Comment on Loza Case

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said today he is under orders from Attorney General Peter Nickles not to discuss or publicly comment on the FBI investigation into the taxi industry, which resulted in last week's arrest of Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff.

After a public event this morning, Fenty told reporters he could not comment on questions about Ted G. Loza's arrest or the investigation.

"My attorneys want everything referred to them," Fenty said. "Because it's ongoing and because of the legal and criminal nature of all the allegations, the attorney general has asked everyone in the executive branch to refer all questions to him."

When a reporter asked Fenty for his "personal thoughts" on the arrest, Fenty responded, "it would be inappropriate for me to go beyond anything that attorney general has said about the matter."

"I appreciate everyone's patience," Fenty added. "Not only is it a federal, criminal investigation, my understanding is it's ongoing."

Fenty wouldn't even discuss whether the investigation, as well as this summer's controversy involving Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), demonstrate a need for a rewrite of city ethics laws.

"I don't have any comment about what's going," Fenty said. "The FBI is handling it and that is who should be handling it."

Fenty earlier in the day offered praise for Graham, saying at an event in Columbia Heights that the entire area had been revitalized since Graham took office.

--Tim Craig

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 28, 2009; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  City Hall Aides , D.C. Taxis , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Of course he can't respond to Graham's issues. He refused to speak to his own inappropriate behavior.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 28, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The reporter asked a man (Fenty) who stole money from a deceased resident's estate while serving as that estates attorney only to return it after being caught and sanctioned by the D.C. Bar, if he thought the city's ethics laws should be rewritten. Citizens of the District vote criminals into office all the time. It is par for the course here. What about 'avoid the appearence of impropriety' do these corrupt politicians NOT understand.

Peter likely gave the Mayor some good advise lest he say something that he may regret when he is facing his own charges.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 28, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Loose Lips is reporting that Graham is indeed a target of the investigation.

Lets just hope this investiogation goes really wide.

Posted by: ManOpener | September 28, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said today he is under orders from Attorney General Peter Nickles not to discuss or publicly comment on the FBI investigation into the taxi industry, which resulted in last week's arrest of Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff. 'My attorneys want everything referred to them,' Fenty said."

I thought Peter Nickels represented the District of Columbia, NOT Adrian Fenty!

Posted by: rjchittamssr | September 28, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

WUSA-TV has even more explosive charges: ‘Sources close to the FBI probe tell 9NEWS NOW that [Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham] is also a target of the probe….Our sources say both Graham and Loza are on tape talking with who they thought was a cab company representative when in fact they were communicating with an undercover FBI agent.’ The mystery man remains Ethiopian community activist Abdulaziz Kamus, who, reports indicate, tried to bribe a taxi commission member before cooperating with authorities to snare Loza—and who else?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 28, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

At some point the Fed's will have the whole City Council in the bag. But then who cares? The entire purpose of getting elected is to rob everyone blind and then use taxpayer paid for attorney's to get'em off. Hey Obama is selling the entire city of Chicago for the Olymics---imagine the corruption--just like PG County.

Posted by: KBlit | September 28, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hello Detroit!!!!

Posted by: jeriwashington | September 28, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course he can not comment. Considering how Fenty has gone out of his way to hurt the cab drivers and considering how he is micromanaging the regulation of the cab business, I would suspect that he also is a target of the investigation.

Posted by: grophusharris | September 28, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I thought Peter Nickels represented the District of Columbia, NOT Adrian Fenty!

Posted by: rjchittamssr | September 28, 2009 3:14 PM


Ralph, you know damn well what Fenty means by that, and if you bothered to check the law you would know that the AG does serve at the direction of the mayor (count the number of times "mayor" is in the below). I'd tell you to quit being an ass, but I know that is too difficult for you.


The Attorney General operates under the authority of DC Official Code § 1-301.111, which provides:

The Office of the Attorney General shall be under the direction of the Mayor, and have charge and conduct of all law business of the said District, and all suits instituted by and against the government thereof. He or She shall furnish opinions in writing to the Mayor, whenever requested to do so. All requests for opinions shall be transmitted through the Mayor, and a record thereof kept, with the opinions, in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Mayor. He or She shall perform such other professional duties as may be required of him by the Mayor.

Posted by: streff | September 28, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie Streff

I refer to what Fenty said; I have no idea what he may have meant. Working under the "direction" of the Mayor does not mean one is "representing" the Mayor.

The remainder of your comments are beneath me.

Posted by: rjchittamssr | September 28, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Peter Nickles reports to the Mayor. He does not represent the Mayor personally, only to the extent that the Mayor represents the interests of his "real" client, the District of Columbia.

Of course, neither the Mayor or Nickles seems to realize this.

I don't see why Fenty would refuse to comment on something which, on the surface, has nothing to do with the executive branch or with him. Just in the same way Graham's repeated denials of culpability seem to implicate him (he doeth protest too much), Fenty's refusal to comment seems to point a finger at him.

Well this is a guy who misused the funds of an elderly client....we shouldn't be surprised!

Posted by: tm7333 | September 28, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Where is Scott Bolden? Scott are you available these days? Looks like more city workers will be needing your services.

Posted by: shank2sb | September 28, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Peter Nickles is a long time family friend of Adrian Malik Fenty's parents.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 28, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

DC Official Code § 1-301.111
"He or She shall perform such other professional duties as may be required of him by the Mayor. "

That includes representing the mayor and any other DC government employee when appropriate.

Posted by: streff | September 28, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

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