At least for now, D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) has backed away from his plan to launch an official investigation into how Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) uses his security detail.
In the aftermath of a WTOP radio story that revealed Fenty used police escorts on some of his bike rides, Mendelson sent the administration a list of questions on how the mayor uses his security and how much the city spends on it.
But Mendelson, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said Attorney General Peter Nickles wrote him a letter Dec. 9 informing him the administration would not be responding to the questions.
To force a response, Mendelson was preparing to launch an official committee investigation, which would provide subpoena power.
But before the committee could vote on resolution authorizing the probe, Nickles called Mendelson Wednesday afternoon and told him the information would be forthcoming.
"Nickles said we will receive a written letter responding to the questions," Mendelson told his colleagues on the committee. "We will wait for that."
If that response is not satisfactory, however, Mendelson said he will reintroduce his resolution for an official investigation.
-- Tim Craig