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Today will be a rough one for Mayor Vince Gray. Jeanne Harris is expected to plead guilty to campaign fraud and conspiracy. Court records will likely provide more details about what she did, setting off a fresh new round of questions about what exactly went on during Gray’s 2010 mayoral run and what exactly did he know about it.
But before that, Gray is set to be deposed in an ongoing civil lawsuit related to the messy D.C. Lottery contract. Eric Payne, a former contracting officer with the Chief Financial Officer’s office, is suing the city over allegations that he was improperly fired for resisting undue political pressure in awarding the lotto contract. The FBI has recently shown interest in the lotto case.
When Payne deposed his old boss, CFO Nat Gandhi, it didn’t go so well. Gandhi admitted to using private emails to do city business (a no-no) and said he didn’t make the decision to fire Payne, a statement he recently contradicted. Maybe the mayor will have better luck. A federal judge ruled that Gray can’t be asked general questions about the “review of the lottery contract,” but can only be asked questions specific to Payne’s employment and termination. Gray has always maintained that he did nothing improper related to the lotto contract.
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham was also recently ordered to give a deposition in that case.
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