The investigation into Vince Gray‘s 2010 mayoral campaign is so over that Gray is launching another campaign, but the feds who pursued Gray still aren’t revealing much. The search warrants for the homes of shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson and operative Jeanne Clarke Harris are so sealed that not even their case numbers are public. Most of the docket from Thompson’s fight to keep prosecutors from reviewing millions of pages from his seized files remains sealed, too.
Looking to open up the cases, lawyers for the Washington Post filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to unseal files related to the now-finished investigation. The motion for a hearing on the sealed files comes after a Department of Justice staffer denied an open records request from Post reporter Ann Marimow for the files.
The two attorneys argue in filings that unsealing the search warrant documents and Thompson’s document fight could help explain Thompson’s guilty plea—and why prosecutors never charged Gray, despite U.S. Attorney Ron Machen tough talk in the last days of Gray’s failed mayoral campaign.
“The public interest in access to these materials could not be stronger,” the lawyers from firm Davis Wright Tremain write.
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