Corruption accusations in gorgeous Prince George's
The county exec wasn't home, but his wife Leslie (who in September handily beat a field of five other primary candidates for a county council seat) heard the knock, saw two women at the door and made a brief phone call to her husband that her lawyers will likely spend weeks, if not months, trying to suppress.
The conversation, taped by the FBI, includes Jack Johnson suggesting that his wife flush what the feds assumed to be a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet. While too early to know how the call will affect the case, it had the immediate impact of making famous yet another plumber. This time it was Steve Willsey, who was called to search the Johnsons' pipes for evidence.
The Post reported that he inspected the Johnsons' toilets, but had not found anything Friday afternoon.
The detail that peaked the most interest was Jack Johnson's apparent suggestion that his wife stuff tens of thousands of dollars in her bra. According to court papers, the couple had a frantic discussion about cash in the home and Johnson said: "Put it in your bra and walk out or something, I don't know what to do." She later told him: "I have it in my bra," according to court papers.
The FBI reported that they "recovered" $79,600 from "her underwear." No details about the denominations of the bills have been made public, though The Post's Martin Weil estimated just how much padding that size a wad of cash would create.
Leslie Johnson's apparent miracle bra made us wonder if political wives being ignored by the billion-dollar lingerie market. Possible slogans for a corruption line of underwear: "When he wants you to cover up more than just your chest ..." or "An underwire that is a wire."
With the feds promising more charges in days to come, we imagine the focus will snap back to the underlying pay-to-play corruption investigation.