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DC lawyer wants judge to review disputed documents

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 7:44pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia's attorney general wants a federal judge to decide whether federal prosecutors can examine documents relating to a $7.5 million settlement between the district and its former Medicaid contractor.

Thursday's offer from Attorney General Irvin Nathan comes a day after U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen took the rare step of publicly criticizing Nathan for refusing to turn over the documents. Nathan claims they are protected by attorney-client privilege and that they contain nothing incriminating.

Federal prosecutors are looking into the settlement as part of their wide-ranging investigation of corruption in city politics. Court documents show the district's former Medicaid contractor, Jeffrey Thompson, is the subject of a grand jury investigation. Thompson is suspected of funneling $653,000 in illicit funds into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

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