Although not much has appeared recently in the media to suggest that federal interest in D.C. government misbehavior is still active, action seems to be taking place behind the scenes.
Tomorrow, according to Omar A. Karim, the president of Banneker Ventures development company, he and his attorney, Brian K. McDaniel, are scheduled to meet with a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office, at the prosecutor’s invitation. Karim said he expects they will discuss, among other things, the lawsuit that he filed in federal court in Washington on March 25 against D.C. Council member Jim Graham alleging that Graham “unlawfully, maliciously and purposefully interfered” with Karim’s company efforts to negotiate a real estate deal with Metro.
Karim’s lawsuit, which seeks $100 million in compensatory damages, also names rival developer LaKritz Adler and Metro as co-defendants.
Following the filing of Karim’s lawsuit, Graham issued a statement on March 26 that said the complaint was “meritless” and that Karim’s “claims are spurious and wholly unfounded.” Graham added: “I look forward to an early dismissal.”
Whether Graham’s expectation will be fulfilled remains to be seen. Karim’s 60-page lawsuit contains a slew of allegations of wrongdoing and a feast of alleged details that could slake the appetite of any scandal lover. In response to my request for a comment, Bill Miller, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said today, “This is the kind of case in which the Office of the U.S. Attorney has no comment.” Stay tuned.