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Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 08/09/2011

D.C. Council to report on Gray hiring in two weeks


A D.C. Council probe nears its end, with or without Sulaimon Brown’s documents. (LINDA DAVIDSON/THE WASHINGTON POST)
The end is in sight for the D.C. Council’s marathon investigation of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s hiring practices: Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) informed her colleagues this afternoon that a draft report will be ready Aug. 24.

Do note that it is merely a draft report, because the council has thus far been unable to compel key figure Sulaimon Brown to comply with a subpoena and share documents with the council committee. The lawmakers are trying to enforce the subpoena; a Superior Court hearing is set for Sept. 15.

Thus, Cheh writes: “Due to Mr. Brown’s dilatory behavior, it is unlikely that we will receive copies of his records until the fall. In order for the Committee to reach a timely conclusion on allegations of nepotism, excessive salaries, and other matters, I believe that it is most appropriate for the Committee to issue a report on what is known now, with leave for the Committee to issue a supplemental report in the fall if new information becomes available.”

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