D.C. Mayor Gray Will Fight Any Charges: Attorney

James Wright | 3/18/2014, 1:35 p.m.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will fight any charges that federal authorities may level against him for his role in his 2010 mayoral campaign, his attorney said Monday.

"If he does get indicted, he will go to trial and not make a plea," Bob Bennett told WRC-TV (NBC 4), adding the mayor did not have knowledge of an illegal shadow campaign orchestrated by businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who pleaded guilty last week in federal court to devising the illicit campaign for Gray.

Thompson contends Gray knew what was going on and gave it his blessing.

Gray, who has not been charged with a crime and has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, is running against seven other mayoral hopefuls in D.C.'s Democratic primary on April 1. The winner will face D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) and others in the November general election.

Bennett hints that U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen may be politically motivated by what he is doing to Gray.

"It may be that [Machen] wants to influence the election," he said. "If he believes the mayor is guilty, he doesn't want the mayor to win the election."