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No Meeting, No Peace

The D.C. Council and Attorney General Peter Nickles are at again - this time over the scandal at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) scheduled a Monday meeting to get briefed on the latest, high-profile theft of city funds by city workers. They announced the meeting in a press release today and about two hours later announced that the mayor's administration was refusing to appear.

"Chairman Gray and Councilmember Cheh hold out hope of changing the minds of Executive officials. Should that not happen, however, the press and the public should be advised that the meeting will be convened and then immediately adjourned," the second release reads.

Nickles said he told the council members that he would work with them, but having staff appear before them to answer questions about what happened in the bribery case involving employees and contractors is out of the question. So far, two employees and one contractor have been arrested and charged in the federal case.

Nickles produced for the D.C. Wire a letter from U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor saying that a public hearing "would not be in the best interests of justice."

In Nickles words, "The council can't just go off half-cocked and see the same things that the grand jury is seeing."

He said he will work with the council as he did in the tax and revenue office tax scandal. The council enlisted the help of pro bono attorneys who worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office to be as sensitive as possible, considering the investigation, Nickles said.

The Wire has a call into the Council to find out its next move.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  March 27, 2009; 6:28 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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