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Former Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s biggest believer, Sinclair Skinner, held a news conference at the Wilson Building today to share how happy he was that the council’s report into park contracts had “vindicated” him of any wrongdoing.
LL sure doesn’t read the council’s report that way, especially the part where the report says the investigator, Robert Trout, writes that Skinner and his business partner Omar Karim “essentially thwarted the investigation, and their performance left us with the clear perception that they believed they had something to hide.”
Trout also wrote that Skinner’s company “submitted a false proposal” to get city contracts, and “its invoices were grossly inflated” and a rip-off for taxpayers.
And Trout recommends that the council refer matters related to Skinner and Karim’s business dealings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which would be able to do a more thorough investigation.
Still, none of that seemed to bother Skinner. He said the report is wrong on a number of things regarding to his business ventures. And if Skinner said “I don’t recall” to basically every question Trout asked, well, that’s because Skinner wasn’t expecting Trout’s questions to be so invasive and didn’t want to perjure himself.