Federal prosecutors have accused a D.C. businessman at the center of a far-reaching corruption probe into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign of obstructing their investigation, according to a court order unsealed Monday.
The year-old ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth also criticizes Jeffrey E. Thompson for engaging in a protracted legal battle over millions of pages of personal and business records seized from his home and offices last March.
In the ruling, Lamberth said that prosecutors argued against delaying review of the records “because of efforts by Thompson to obstruct the investigation.”
Thompson, who is alleged to have financed a “shadow campaign” for Gray, has fought to keep the U.S. Attorney’s Office from reviewing some of the documents. Last May, Lamberth rejected Thompson’s effort to temporarily block the review, writing that it would “grind the government’s efforts to a halt.”
Thompson’s legal challenges “consume institutional resources that could be better spent on conducting the underlying investigation,” Lamberth wrote in the redacted ruling.