Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said today he is under orders from Attorney General Peter Nickles not to discuss or publicly comment on the FBI investigation into the taxi industry, which resulted in last week's arrest of Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff.
After a public event this morning, Fenty told reporters he could not comment on questions about Ted G. Loza's arrest or the investigation.
"My attorneys want everything referred to them," Fenty said. "Because it's ongoing and because of the legal and criminal nature of all the allegations, the attorney general has asked everyone in the executive branch to refer all questions to him."
When a reporter asked Fenty for his "personal thoughts" on the arrest, Fenty responded, "it would be inappropriate for me to go beyond anything that attorney general has said about the matter."
"I appreciate everyone's patience," Fenty added. "Not only is it a federal, criminal investigation, my understanding is it's ongoing."
Fenty wouldn't even discuss whether the investigation, as well as this summer's controversy involving Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), demonstrate a need for a rewrite of city ethics laws.
"I don't have any comment about what's going," Fenty said. "The FBI is handling it and that is who should be handling it."
Fenty earlier in the day offered praise for Graham, saying at an event in Columbia Heights that the entire area had been revitalized since Graham took office.