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On the heels of corruption-related guilty pleas from former D.C. politicians and staff, Ronald C. Machen was appointed last week to investigate a politically laced, national security leak scandal.
The former chairman of the D.C. Council pleaded guilty Friday to lying about his income on bank loan applications, the latest blow to a city government rocked by scandal.
Plans are underway for the chairman of the D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, to resign. Brown has been charged with one felony count of bank fraud in response to a federal investigation.
WTOP's Mark Segraves was waiting in the anteroom between Council Chairman Kwame Brown's office and the Council's main chamber, along with NPR reporter Patrick Madden and the Examiner's Alan Blinder. When the chairman left his office to enter the chamber for their continued budget debate, Segraves asked about a report from WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson that federal investigators had revealed part of their case against Brown.
The investigation into campaign finances in District politics heated up recently after several elected officials acknowledged their campaigns have received grand jury subpoenas from the Office of the U.S. Attorney. Other councilmembers who likely received subpoenas, but have refused to publicly say so, have come under fire for not publicly admitting their campaign was issued the same subpoena as the others.
The investigation into government corruption in the District took another turn on Tuesday as several D.C. councilmembers received subpoenas this week.
The District of Columbia's Democratic mayor plans to take his campaign for statehood to the Republican Party's national convention in Tampa.
WTOP's Mark Segraves is tweeting what happens at the breakfast meeting and council meeting that follows, starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Members of the D.C. Council and about 30 staff members have spent about $61,000 in cellphone bills over the past 16 months because of excessive roaming and data charges.
The D.C. Council has passed a measure banning members from using profanity during public meetings.
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