Lawyer: Mayor Gray expects indictment, Prepared for trial

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's lawyer says he expects a U.S. attorney to seek to indict the mayor, reports WUSA9's Bruce Johnson.

Robert Bennett told Johnson that he is ready for a trial. According to Bennett, he wouldn't let Gray speak to prosecutors directly. Instead, he spoke for the mayor and "we answered a series of their questions." Bennett says the mayor didn't know about the shadow campaign or Thompson's checks to his ex-girlfriend and son.

Prosecutors said last Monday that Gray knew that businessman Jeffrey Thompson poured $668,000 in illicit funds into his 2010 campaign. Thompson pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges.

Bennett claims Thompson got a "sweetheart deal" and should have been charged with obstruction.

Last week, a WUSA9 review of Mayor Gray's 2010 campaign finance report identified more than $120,000 in wire transfers into and out of the campaign that were never reported, along with improperly accounted or missing funds and other unreported contributions.

We reviewed 7,023 entries in an audited version of the 2010 Gray for Mayor contribution disclosure filed with the DC Office of Campaign Finance.

Gray's 2014 Campaign Manager, Chuck Thies, acknowledged the reports would violate campaign law but said the 2014 campaign has no relationship with 2010 campaign staff he holds responsible.

Efforts to contact 2010 Gray campaign staff were unsuccessful.

According to the report:

- $61,412.30 contributions are identified as not reported.

- $60,000 in wire transfers sent to the campaign were not reported.

- $65, 408 in wires going out of the campaign were not reported.

- $31,889.24 remains "unreconcilable," meaning improperly accounted or missing.

- $96,037 is reported as "expenditures not negotiated," meaning there is no banking evidence that the reported payee ever cashed checks or received funds.


Mayor Gray has continued to deny knowing about any funds. Our Bruce Johnson asked Gray during an interview recently, "Thompson says you agreed with him and laid out a budget and you thanked him and called him 'Uncle Earl.' Is this true?"

Mayor Gray replied, "Those are lies, Bruce. The Uncle Earl part is the only part of that that's true and he asked me when he started raising money for my campaign, which I've acknowledged that, he said 'please refer to me as Uncle Earl because I don't want to be the recipient of retribution from the opponents' campaign, so don't call me by name, call me Uncle Earl.'"



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