A Chevy Tahoe and a motorcycle are towed away from the home of D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. Dec. 2. FBI and other federal officials searched Thomas's starting early in the morning.
Update 4:00 p.m.: As federal agents searched the home of Ward 5 D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. today, supporters and critics gathered outside the police tape to offer their opinions.
Ward 5 resident Tim Day, a Republican who challenged Thomas for his seat on the council last year, and is currently running for an at-large position, called the raid a major step toward justice and accountability.
"It shows that we have rules and regulations and guidelines we have to follow and there are consequences if we don't," says Day.
But Saymenda Lloyd, who also lives in Thomas’s ward, says she supports the council member, and his commitment to the community.
"I would not join anyone in saying Harry Thomas is guilty of X, Y, Z when he has not been convicted of a crime. The law states that one is innocent until proven guilty," she says.
Update 12:11 p.m.: Officials on the scene have loaded the motorcycle, as well as a Chevy Tahoe, from Council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s property onto a flatbed tow truck.
Update 11:30 a.m.: A tow truck returned to the scene and is preparing to tow a brightly colored motorcycle away from Thomas's home.
Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Treasury Department are searching the home of D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. Authorities cordoned off Thomas's 17th St. NE home in Ward 5 with yellow tape.
Federal sources confirmed to NBC that the FBI was conducting the search. Authorities do not plan to file charges against Thomas today, according to AP.
A tow truck was present at the scene earlier this morning, as well as officials from the U.S. Treasury Department, according to reports from the scene.
Earlier this year, Thomas was accused of spending roughly $300,000 in city funds for his own personal use in a report earlier this year; he subsequently agreed to pay back the $300,000 and relinquished his chairmanship of the council's economic development committee.
The money was supposed to go toward youth baseball programs, but Attorney General Irvin Nathan, who published the report detailing the allegations against Thomas, said the council member spent the money on a luxury SUV and several vacations.
After filing the lawsuit in June, Nathan referred the case to the U.S. Attorney's office.