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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

D.C. Mayor Gray retains attorney

By Nikita Stewart

This story has been updated.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has retained lawyer Robert S. Bennett, who represented President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky affair, while former mayoral candidate and recently fired employee Sulaimon Brown said he was meeting with the FBI Wednesday.

Gray's retention of an attorney and Brown's visit to the FBI heightened Brown's allegations that Gray promised him a job in exchange for attacking then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) on the campaign trail. Brown also alleges that Lorraine Green, Gray's confidante, and Howard Brooks, Gray's campaign consultant, gave him a series of payments over the summer to keep his campaign afloat.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office announced late Wednesday that the office takes Brown's allegations "seriously," and is "working with the FBI to assess the matter."

Brown, a 40-year-old unemployed auditor, was hired as a $110,000 special assistant in the Department of Health Care Finance at the end of January. But he was fired Feb. 24 after media reports of his past legal troubles, including a 2007 restraining order.

Brown told The Washington Post of the allegations. Since the Post published a story on Sunday, Green's confirmation hearing to be Gray's pick to head the Washington Convention and Sports Authority has been put on hold indefinitely. Brooks' son, hired as a $110,000 special assistant in the economic development department, is resigning, according to a government source.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Gray called Bennett and asked him to be his personal counsel. In 2009, Gray tapped Bennett to head an independent probe into Council member Marion Barry's personal contracts. Bennett and lawyer Jonice Gray Tucker, Gray's daughter, worked previously at the same law firm.

By Nikita Stewart  | March 9, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
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Who will be in power longer?
Gaddafi or Gray

Who is more corrupt?
Gaddafi or Gray

Posted by: kenk33 | March 9, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I feel like I need a shower to wash off some of the slime.

Posted by: randysbailin | March 9, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear...Sulaimon Brown still works for Fenty!

Last laughs now...

Posted by: shepDC | March 9, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaha! Jack Johnson might get a roommate to do his federal time with. Vince is going down faster than Andre Blatche's bank account after a night on K street. As an ex "cop" (UDC Campus Police) Brown probably knows that lying to the FBI is a federal offense so I don't see him going in to make up stories. Vince Gray is about to take the fastest fall from grace in history. Usually, when politician like Gray get into legal trouble, their ghetto spinsters will start getting the community around them, playing the race card, sympathy card, hater card, Post don't like him card or whatever they can come up with. But, in this case, all of his ghetto croonies might end up as state's witness. Vince reached straight for Bill Clinton's lawyer!! Do you realize how serious that is? Clinton faced being impeached as President, Gray is only facing some low-level corruption with insignificant street thugs in suits. Well, that's all Gray is facing is at the moment. There must be an Albert Hanynesworth sized smoking gun about drop.

Posted by: evolvedthinker | March 9, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time to begin a recall of Gray and Kwame Brown and for Congress to reinstate the Control Board.

Start firing some of these fat cats at the top making unreal salaries: Kaya Henderson for starters. Is it really necessary that she make 275k to run a relatively small school system?

Then fire Sessoms over at UDC.

It's not unions causing this country to go into debt, it's overpaid fat cats at the top who NEVER share the burden.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | March 9, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Kwame Kilpatrick, white courtesy phone..Gotta hand it to you DC folk, you sure know how to pick 'em..

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 9, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

A know for a fact that a lot of people went to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office during the reign of Fenty, and it was never reported in the press, even when the press was made aware of it.

The Washington Post has a double standard when it comes to Fenty.

Posted by: tacard1 | March 10, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Jumping to conclusions is so much fun for some people on this Post comment section.

I for one want the US Attorney's Office to investigate the allegations- and that is all they are at this time- and hopefully do it quickly and thoroughly. If there was a crime committed then let's make sure that whoever committed it gets punished. And then lets move on.

And in the meantime lets get the business of the City done. As to the salary paid the Chancellor that was set by Fenty. I want the Chancellor to work hard to improve schools for all our children.

I think we need to move to right-sizing our budget and we will see those prioritites from this administration when the budget is presented to the Council on April 1st.

Posted by: peterdc | March 10, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Tacard : still sour grapes....

what happened to your friends: ward4dc and Goldcoast.

Finally embarassed by their boy?

Posted by: pdv1 | March 10, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Gray's campaign promises were "Integrity. Character. Leadership."

Can anyone make an objective argument on how any of his actions with regards to these scandals have demonstrated integrity, character and/or leadership?

Posted by: OneCitidiot | March 11, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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