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D.C. Council Tackles Hiring Of Sulaimon Brown

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Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown at a council hearing in March, where he was not a witness.
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Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown at a council hearing in March, where he was not a witness.

The name "Sulaimon Brown" didn't appear on Monday's witness list, but the former mayoral candidate made an appearance anyway.

"I came here because I am not running from anything," Brown says.

But Brown, after receiving a request from the council to testify next month, seemed to later back down. When asked if he will testify, he responded that will consider it if Mayor Vincent Gray is also called to testify.

Brown left the building, but the council then spent the next five hours dissecting Brown's employment with the city.

Inspector General Charles Willoughby testified he received a call from Gray's chief of staff to meet with Brown, which he did.

But the Inspector General's Office didn't have any job openings and Brown was hired, 10 days later, at the Department of Health Care Finance.

Talib Karim, the former chief of staff at the department, says he doesn't know if Brown interviewed with anyone.

Karim says Brown was fired later that month for, among other things, harassing female employees.

The second day of the hearing is scheduled for April 7.

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