Only Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) spoke publicly after the meeting, and only to say that every council member was given an opportunity to share concerns and offer “ideas and suggestions” on handling issues related to Thomas, whose home was raided Friday by federal agents.
Brown said he would meet “shortly” with Thomas to relay those concerns.
The meeting was closed to the media after the council voted to invoke an exception to the city’s open meetings law for the discussion of government personnel matters.
Brown’s full comments:
“We’ve had an opportunity to talk with all of the members of the Council of the District of Columbia and hear their concerns, hear their ideas and suggestions, and I look forward to having a conversation with council member Thomas to discuss so he’s clear on where his colleagues are and what they feel, and we’ll look forward to having that discussion shortly. ...
“What you’re hearing is that I had an opportunity to discuss a personnel matter with my colleagues, and I look forward to having a conversation with council member Thomas to discuss what was discussed in the meeting. ...