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Nickles readies subpoena for Harry Thomas

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D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles was preparing to issue a subpoena Tuesday evening to council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) for documents related to his oversight of a nonprofit organization that is not registered with the Internal Revenue Service or in good standing with city regulators.

Nickles said the subpoena is needed because Thomas failed to voluntarily turn over the information.

Last week, Nickles sent Thomas a letter asking for financial and other information about the donors and leaders of Team Thomas, an organization the council member bills as a community nonprofit.

Thomas responded by requesting that Nickles give him more time to produce the information. But Nickles said Tuesday afternoon that Thomas's time had run out.

"I am issuing the subpoena, and if he doesn't give me the documents I called for by Friday, I will go into court," Nickles said. "This has been a very unsatisfying response to a simple request."

Thomas was not immediately available to comment Tuesday. Tim Day, Thomas's GOP opponent in the Nov. 2 general election, has accused Thomas of using Team Thomas as "a slush fund."

Nickles said it's alarming that Thomas has been unable to publicly release the organization's donors and disbursements.

"If the documents are in existence, any legitimate organization would produce them in 10 minutes," Nickles said. "If the documents are not in existence, it could be 10 years and he still wouldn't be able to produce them. ... Failure to respond is a serious indication there has to be trouble."

Thomas has been a frequent critic of Nickles, who plans to step down at the end of the year after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's loss in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

By Tim Craig  | October 26, 2010; 5:57 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Tim Craig  
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Please get the crook Nickles out of DC.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

If only he used the same speed and efficiency in past matters such as Banneker Associates, Fire Truck donation, or maybe even peaceaholics contracts (or lack thereof).

This reeks of payback before the clock strikes midnight and God Daddy Pete turns back into a pumpkin with no more powers.

I’m sorry it’s just hard to believe that all of a sudden that Pete is worried about the interest of DC citizens when over the last three years he’s turned a blind eye and allowed much bigger fish to swim upstream.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | October 27, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Thomas should hire attorney Scott Bolden and then he can take as long as he likes to respond to the AG who will be long gone by then.

Didn't Nickles promise to resign by November 1st?

Posted by: peterdc | October 27, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Councilmember Thomas. When did the Attorney General get oversight authority over the Council? The Council should not submit to this "request" or subpoena. The Council is a seperate branch of government and by statute, has oversight authority over the executive branch agencies. It was subpoena power over the executive branch employees for that reason. The Executive branch does not have similar oversight authority over the Council, except possibly the Inspector General. I say, say no to Nickles! I think it is a terrible precedent to respond to these subpoena, without some sort of legislative/case law/legal code/authority that grants Nickles the power to issue subpoenas on the Council.

Posted by: tacard1 | October 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"This has been a very unsatisfying response to a simple request."
Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black?

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 27, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Cannot wait for 11/2 so this piece of old s--t can get out of DC.

This not just the pot calling the kettle black but standing inside the pot with the flame on high. What a joke this fool is and to think DC residents pay this poor excuse of a man's salary.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 27, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

So the last checks WaPo could find were in January of 2008. HT said he stopped fundraising at the end of 2007. Meaning that a company that may have missed the memo and sent a check late. So why is this an issue. maybe if the check was in 2009 I would think more along scandal lines but come on...really, is this all the dirt WaPo could find.
This isnt even city tax money... What about the damn Peaceoholics.

Come on Nickles, WaPo, etc give it up.

Posted by: lilscooby09 | October 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Where does it say go after CMs for their personal non profits and ignore the other groups actually taking money from the city's tax payers?

-Prosecutes and defends civil litigation - in the DC Superior Court and US District Court for the District of Columbia - and appeals - in the DC Court of Appeals, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and US Supreme Court
-Prosecutes certain violations of criminal law, including all juvenile criminal cases, traffic infractions, and adult misdemeanor cases in the DC Superior Court, and defending appeals of these matters
-Enforces consumer protection laws when there is a pattern of abuse
Conducts or assists with criminal investigations involving government fraud, recouping monies for the District
-Enforces the District's regulatory laws
Represents the District in child abuse and neglect cases and represents victims of intra-family domestic violence by obtaining civil protection orders and prosecuting related contempt of court matters in the DC Superior Court
-Provides legal advice and opinions
Drafts and reviews proposed legislation and rulemakings
-Prosecutes all civil commitment matters in the DC Superior Court
-Manages the District's complex litigation on receiverships and other major equity and programmatic cases, like those involving the Public Schools or environmental law matters
Serves as the District's legal counselor in financial transactions and bond issuances
-Drafts, negotiates, and reviews real estate lease agreements and procurement contracts
-Defends tax collections
-Enforces child support laws and serves as the authorized federal Title IV-D agency for this purpose

Posted by: lilscooby09 | October 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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