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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/16/2010

Cheh: Council should 'condemn' Barry's actions

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) is the first council member to respond to today's release of Attorney Robert S. Bennett's investigation into how Council member Marion Barry managed tax dollars.

In a statement, Cheh is urging her colleagues to "condemn" Barry's actions and refer Bennett's findings to the U.S. Attorney's office.

'Nothing has been hidden. Nothing has been held back," Cheh said of Bennett's report. "So now we must implement the recommendations in Mr. Bennett's report and move forward with the reforms already started by the Council."

In his report, Bennett concluded Barry personally benefited from a city contract he awarded to his former girlfriend, Donna-Watts Brighthaupt. Bennett, who accused Barry of violating the law, also believes Barry enriched some of his friends and supporters by steering earmarks to organizations that they ran. Furthermore, Bennett alleges Barry "attempted to impede" his investigation by "refusing to answer material questions related to his conduct and by advising a material witness to withhold documents."

Barry denies any wrongdoing.

-- Tim Craig

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/16/2010

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