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Clinton's Personal Attorney To Lead Barry Probe

Robert S. Bennett, the attorney known for representing President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones saga, will lead an independent inquiry into the latest scandal facing Council member Marion Barry.

Bennett, a partner in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, will review the $5,000-a-month contract that Barry awarded to then-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, said Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D).

Gray made the announcement at a news conference after a closed-door council meeting. He was flanked by Bennett, his team of attorneys and several council members, including Barry.

In addition to the investigation, the council will also develop a code of conduct and ethics with the help of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The group's Center for Ethics in Government will help draft the code when the council is on recess beginning July 31.

A draft of the code should be completed when the Council returns from recess in September, Gray said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 10, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
 
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"Robert S. Bennett, the attorney known for representing President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones saga, will lead an independent inquiry into the latest scandal facing Council member Marion Barry."

Well, Bennet's certainly used to working with chronic womanizers.

And if he worked for a Democratic President, how is he "independent"? Ken Starr would be independent, not President Clinton's "personal attorney."

Methinks Barry will be cleared.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 10, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Did Barry REALLY do something wrong ???

When there are no obvious legal infractions, THEN they pull out ethics charges [don't you know.]

How efficiently anyone works for a Council Person is subject to review by that Council Person, not the public.

The outcome of all this will be a Counsel Code of Ethics, not a sanction of Barry for an 'ethical violation' to a non-existing Rule or Code.

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | July 10, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious? If Barry were paying her with his own money then she answers to him. But he's paying her with taxpayer money do she answers to the taxpayers.

Your post is a perfect example of what is wrong with DC.

The government does not exist merely to hand out money to girlfriends, buddies, and political supporters. It astonished me how many in DC see nothing wrong with paying a girlfriend with taxpayer money.

Simply astonishing. And sad.

Luckily, DC is changing, albeit slowly. The corrupt old guard is on it's way out.

Posted by: Hillman1 | July 10, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"Luckily, DC is changing, albeit slowly. The corrupt old guard is on it's way out."

LOLOLOL... yeah, and being replaced by a corrupt young guard.

Posted by: LongTimeRez | July 10, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Is "Clinton's Personal Attorney" the best and most accurate way to describe Bob Bennett? I think not. More lazy reporting and lede writing from the WaPo.

Clinton's is just one bold faced name in a career filled with high profile clients for Mr. Bennett. Focusing on the Clinton thing here just muddies the waters; but then, that was probably the intent.

Posted by: IHeartDC | July 13, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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