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D.C. Council Chair Says He Will Cooperate With Probe

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D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray.
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D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray.

By Patrick Madden

The chairman of the D.C. City Council says he is complying with an investigation of whether he may have violated two conflict of interest statutes.

The city's Board of Elections and Ethics is investigating a fundraising letter Vincent Gray wrote last summer to raise funds for delegate expenses at the Democratic National Convention. Gray used official council stationary, a possible problem. The office is also looking into news reports about repairs to Gray's home by a city contractor. In a statement today, Gray says those reports "falsely insinuate that I traded votes for favors."

The council chair says he has a letter from a city agency saying they are reviewing whether permits are required for work. He says if any mistakes were made, he will correct them to be in compliance. Gray has not ruled out a run for mayor against Adrian Fenty.

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