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.”