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City Hall Reacts To Raid On Harry Thomas Jr.'s Home

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A Chevy Tahoe and Victory motorcycle were towed away from the home of Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 councilmember, on Friday.
Jessica Gould
A Chevy Tahoe and Victory motorcycle were towed away from the home of Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 councilmember, on Friday.

Federal agents from the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department raided the home of D.C. councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. on Friday, spending the day searching his house and confiscating items. They cordoned off his home on 17th St. NE with yellow tape, and towed a Chevy Tahoe and Victory motorcycle.

Earlier this year, Thomas was accused of spending $300,000 in city funds for his own personal use, and had agreed to pay it back.

At the Wilson building on Friday, several council members declined to comment about the situation, including Muriel Bowser, who is heading up the D.C. Council's ethics overhaul. In fact, a mark-up for the ethics reform bill is scheduled for Monday – and Harry Thomas is one of five members on the committee.

Council Member Jack Evans, speaking as he left the Wilson building, called the news of the FBI and the IRS searching a colleague's home "deeply disturbing."
"But I have to say that after 8 or 9 months of investigations, it doesn’t surprise me that something has happened," added Evans. Evans says he hopes what happened today will help resolve the matter -- noting it doesn’t help D.C. to have all of these federal investigation looming over city hall.
Councilmembers have scheduled a meeting Monday to address the issue.


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