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The Audi SUV outside the D.C. Council building that the attorney general says Council member Harry Thomas Jr. paid for with money that was earmarked for youth baseball programs.
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The Audi SUV outside the D.C. Council building that the attorney general says Council member Harry Thomas Jr. paid for with money that was earmarked for youth baseball programs.

Thomas says he has no plans to reach a settlement with the city or step down from his job or committee assignments.

But there has been growing pressure for Thomas to resign as chair from the powerful economic development committee. Tuesday, the council took the rare step of kicking out the press to discuss what they said was a personnel issue. But when the came out, Chairman Kwame Brown said no decision was made. He also added there would be an announcement Wednesday. Thomas did not talk to reporters as he left the meeting.

Attorney General Irv Nathan's civil lawsuit calls on to Thomas to repay the funds, which were part of a $400,000 earmark for youth baseball programs. According to the suit, the money ended up paying for, among other things, Brown’s $60,000 SUV as well as lavish golf trips to Las Vegas and Pebble Beach.

The suit claims Brown diverted the money to a nonprofit organization and several for-profit corporations that were all controlled by the council member.

Thomas denied the allegations in the lawsuit at a press conference outside the Wilson Building Monday.

"The one thing we have to know ... I will be vindicated," he said.

The investigation into Thomas's finances has been ongoing since October. The findings have been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Read the lawsuit filed against Thomas

Team Thomas Complaint for Relief 6-6-11
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