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Council Member Thomas Under Pressure After Corruption Allegations

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Council member Harry Thomas Jr. at a closed-door meeting with other D.C. Council members Tuesday.
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Council member Harry Thomas Jr. at a closed-door meeting with other D.C. Council members Tuesday.

Council member Harry Thomas offered little to reporters as he left a closed-door session with other council members to talk about the allegations and his committee post.

Council Chairman Kwame Brown was tight-lipped as well, but told reporters there will be an announcement regarding the status of Thomas Wednesday.

Thomas is being sued by the D.C. Attorney General for allegedly diverting more than $300,000 that was earmarked to help youth baseball programs. Instead, the suit alleges, the money was directed to organizations controlled by Thomas and used to pay for a luxury SUV and lavish golf trips. The suit also accuses Thomas of using an unlicensed nonprofit to raise money from corporations.

Thomas has denied the allegations and says he will fight the lawsuit.


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