$40 mil­lion man

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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