InsiderAdvantage along with other media outlets were told by sources months ago that the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI widened their probe of the Atlanta city hall bribery/contracting scandal that commenced under former Mayor Kasim Reed. So why would new Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms now move controversial Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager Roosevelt Council Jr. into the city’s Chief Financial Officer position?

A subpoena delivered to Atlanta’s law department in February was the first indication of broadening the scope into pay-to-play bribery for numerous city contracts. Indeed, an 11-point demand by the feds required the city to turn over conflict-of-interest disclosures by fired procurement officer Adam Smith, as well as all documents he controlled relating to contracts of $1 million or more since Jan. 1, 2014. That was a signal that the focus turned toward airport contracting. And remember that Smith was close to Mayor Kasim Reed, who exercised tight control over the city airport department’s contracting. 

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