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D.C. Council to receive report on ethics probe

The D.C. Council on Tuesday will receive a report into whether member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) violated any laws or ethics policies when he gave a city contract to a woman with whom he was romantically involved.

The report also will look into contracts and earmarks awarded by other council members.

The council launched an independent investigation led by Robert S. Bennett, an attorney best known for representing former President Bill Clinton against sexual harassment charges.

The investigation, conducted on a pro bono basis with attorney Amy Sabrin serving as Bennett's deputy special counsel, began in July and has been extremely secretive. No information or details about witnesses questioned has been released.

The Washington Post obtained a draft of a speech Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray plans to give to his colleagues at a committee meeting when the report is released.

In a draft of the speech, Gray explains that he and his colleagues have not been briefed on the findings of the investigation. They are expected to receive the report at the same time it is released publicly this morning.

By Tim Craig  |  February 16, 2010; 8:46 AM ET
Categories:  Budget , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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