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Mendelson backs off Fenty security probe -- for now

At least for now, D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) has backed away from his plan to launch an official investigation into how Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) uses his security detail.

In the aftermath of a WTOP radio story that revealed Fenty used police escorts on some of his bike rides, Mendelson sent the administration a list of questions on how the mayor uses his security and how much the city spends on it.

But Mendelson, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said Attorney General Peter Nickles wrote him a letter Dec. 9 informing him the administration would not be responding to the questions.

To force a response, Mendelson was preparing to launch an official committee investigation, which would provide subpoena power.

But before the committee could vote on resolution authorizing the probe, Nickles called Mendelson Wednesday afternoon and told him the information would be forthcoming.

"Nickles said we will receive a written letter responding to the questions," Mendelson told his colleagues on the committee. "We will wait for that."

If that response is not satisfactory, however, Mendelson said he will reintroduce his resolution for an official investigation.

-- Tim Craig

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2009; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Is this really worth all that? Mendelson and Cheh can sure waste time. At least the Cadaver look- a-like Gray focuses his hypocracy on things that halfway sound important. This is just non-sense.

But, at least it won't hold up things that taxpayers pay for and want. Like Parks and schools.

Posted by: politicalrealist | December 16, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

This administration is the shadiest in recent memory. From the Nationals tix, to the security detail, teachers being fired, DC Police having their retirement benefits taken, tax office scandal etc. When will this administration actually have some accountability? Does anyone think Mayor Fenty will deliver? I won't be holding my breath.

Posted by: robostop10 | December 16, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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