Bureau Of Criminal Apprehension Releases Documents Detailing Dai Thao Investigation
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) released hundreds of pages of interviews, text messages and reports Wednesday detailing the investigation of St. Paul City Council member and mayoral candidate Dai Thao.
Lobbyist Sarah Clarke accused Thao of attempting to solicit a bribe earlier this year and her concerns were leaked to the news media, sparking the BCA investigation. The Scott County Attorney’s Office reviewed the materials and found there was insufficient information to prosecute.
“It was a very thorough investigation,” Thao said Wednesday. “I go to church. I know that God knows the number of hairs we have on our head. And God knows that I did not ask for a bribe and I’m innocent.”
Two words — “resources” and “rethink” — were particularly important in the investigation, the documents show. Clarke, who represents a packaging manufacturer, set up a meeting with Thao to talk about what was then a proposed city regulation to get businesses to use eco-friendly packaging materials. Clarke said Thao asked for “resources” during the meeting and it seemed clear he wanted a donation.
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