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.
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