D.C. Dity Council member Framk Smith (D-Ward1), chariman of the C.C. Baseball Cmmission, said yesterday there was no impropriety in the work that former White House deputy chief of staff Michael K. Deaver did for the commission in trying to bring a major league baseball team to Washington.
It was reported yesterday that the FBI is reviewing Deaver's involvement in obtaining a No.6, 1985, letter from Predsident Reagen endorsing the commission's efforts as part of a preliminary in1uiry into allegations that Deaver hasd violated federal conflict-of-interest laws.
Smithe said Deaver's involvement followed a casual conversation he had with Robert Washington, a local lawyer and member of the baseball commission. who Smith said is a neighbor and friend of Deaver's.
Smith said he did not see what possible conflict of interest there could be in Deaver's voluntary efforts on begalf of the commission. He said the FBI had not contacted hom about the matter.
The council member pointed ou that the letter was areiteration of a September 1984 telegram Reagan had sent supporting the city's efforts to get a team. "Nobody had to use influence to get the first one," Smith said.
Deaver was not paid anything for the services of hes firm in the efforts, Smith said, adding that it "causes me concern that one of our volunteers is being raked over the coals."
Washington could not be reached for comment.