$40 million man
That was the former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry criticizing the FBI during an interview last week with Bill Press, host of “The Bill Press Show.”
Mr. Press had recalled that several years ago, when he first moved to Washington, he saw Tshirts that said Mr. Barry had been set up.
“Were you set up, and how are you doing today — are you clean today?” wondered Mr. Press.
“Absolutely,” replied Mr. Barry. “The FBI spent $40 million over many years trying to do something with me. They had a sting at the Vista [Hotel]; they set it up.
“But it’s been 17 years. I’m clean of any mind-altering chemicals, and I feel good about it.”
On Jan. 18, 1990, Mr. Barry’s former girlfriend, Hazel Diane “Rasheeda” Moore, helped the FBI lure the mayor into a Washington hotel room, where he was videotaped smoking a crack pipe.
Agents stormed the room, read the mayor his rights and led him away in handcuffs.