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D.C. Council Struggling To Subpoena 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 council is investigating the issue but has run into a pretty big problem: it hasn't been able to serve Brown a subpoena to testify.

The council's best shot of subpoenaing Brown may have been earlier this month. After telling the press he was boycotting an April 8 hearingon the Gray administration's hiring practices, Brown burst on the scene, held court with reporters for a few minutes, and then exited out the front door -- just moments before council staff could serve him a subpoena.

After that incident, the D.C. Council's Office of the Secretary hired an outside firm to find Brown and serve him the subpoena, but so far it hasn't had any luck.

Council member Mary Cheh, who is leading the council's investigation into the administration's hiring practices, says Brown is clearly playing a game of hide-and-seek.

"If he's maintaining that hes not, let him come forward and we will hand it to him right here," says Cheh. "Let him come here and I'll give it to him right here.

Reached by cell phone, Brown says he is not avoiding the subpoena but has no plans of cooperating with the council. The next hearing on the administration's personnel practices, the one Brown may or may not make, is scheduled for Friday.

Below is some video of Brown outside the April 8 council hearing.


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