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D.C. Council Chair Stops Short Of Calling For Harry Thomas' Resignation

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D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., shown here at a press conference outside city hall in June, settled the lawsuit that claimed he misused $300,000 of taxpayer funds. Now some of his colleagues are calling for him to resign.
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D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., shown here at a press conference outside city hall in June, settled the lawsuit that claimed he misused $300,000 of taxpayer funds. Now some of his colleagues are calling for him to resign.

Thomas has been facing pressure to step down from some of his fellow council members after agreeing to settle a lawsuit with the city and pay back $300,000 in city funds he allegedly spent for personal use.

While two council members -- Mary Cheh and David Catania -- have publicly called for Thomas to step down, Brown stopped short of calling for a resignation. But Brown added in a statement he was disappointed with Thomas and urged him to keep the best interests of his constituents at heart.

The D.C. attorney general sued Thomas for diverting money earmarked for "youth baseball programs" into his own organizations. According to the lawsuit, some of the money was spent on lavish golf trips as well as a luxury SUV.

Thomas admits no wrong doing but has agreed to pay back the money. The settlement also prohibits him from running any charitable organizations for the next five years.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney's office continues to investigate the matter, as well as several other city hall scandals.

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