Judge orders Harry Thomas to turn over Team Thomas documents

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said it was a federal judge who issued the order. It was a D.C. Superior Court judge.

A District judge has ordered Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas to turn over documents related to a nonprofit he ran to the D.C. Attorney General’s office — but not until after Attorney General Peter Nickles leaves office.

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While the order legitimizes Nickles’ hectoring of Thomas for the more detailed records, it also gives Thomas until Jan. 8 to turn over the documents — by which time Mayor-elect Vince Gray, a political ally of Thomas’, will be in office and Nickles will be back in Great Falls.

The non-profit first came under public scrutiny in October, when Thomas’ GOP challenger in the general election, Tim Day, pointed out to reporters that the nonprofit, called Team Thomas, had its license revoked by the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and wasn’t registered with the IRS.

Day and the DC Republican Committee alleged the nonprofit was a “slush fund.”

Thomas easily dispatched Day on Nov. 2 but his fight with Nickles over the nonprofit has continued. Thomas has already handed over documents outlining the basics of Team Thomas’ finances, but Nickles wants more details, including where the money came from and how it was spent.

Thomas has pushed back, alleging Nickles is pursuing him only because of the councilmember’s criticism of outgoing D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Nickles’ friend and boss.

Wednesday’s order forces Thomas to comply with a subpoena Nickles filed asking for more documents.

In an e-mail to TBD’s Bruce DePuyt, Nickles said he was “pleased that Court rejected all Thomas arguments including political vendetta bull -,” but added that he was “not pleased with date since Thomas -- Mr. Transparency -- has delayed producing obviously relevant docs for two months.”

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