jeffrey thompson

Timing of 'Uncle Earl' Indictment Questioned on Capitol Hill

Asked about the Jeffrey Thompson indictment, Holder said cases are brought when they are ready "irrespective of what the political fallout is going to be." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

To hear some members of Congress say it, the timing of the Justice Department's plea bargain with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson -- a.k.a. 'Uncle Earl' -- influenced the outcome of the April 1 mayoral primary.  

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that it was "perhaps too soon" for his committee to look at how federal prosecutors' allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray knew about a shadow campaign scheme in the 2010 election might have contributed to his loss to Muriel Bowser.