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A "whitewash." That's what council member David Catania is calling a city council committee’s draft report investigating the hiring practices of the Gray administration.

The report was produced by council member Mary Cheh and while it did find that more than a half dozen employees are being paid more than the city allows, it found no evidence of nepotism involving Gray's chief of staff and director of communications.

As WAMU-FM and NBC-4 first reported, their children landed city jobs but later resigned.

Cheh's report states there were, as it says, "no specific allegations that either official had exercised any influence during the hiring process" or that nepotism laws even applied to them.

Catania says he wants the council to take a deeper look.

"It just defies logic, you can have so many people - from the campaign or in the executive office of the mayor -- have such overqualified children who can all of sudden, unanimously, at the same, contemporaneously, all get hired," Catania says.

He says he wants a separate council hearing on this issue -- something council member Mary Cheh, after a contentious council meeting, says she is "prepared" to do.

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