In addition to the ongoing probe by the U.S. attorney, Issa’s investigation also coincided with inquiries conducted by the D.C. Council. A committee led by Councilmember Mary Cheh released a report in August concluding that there was “strong evidence” to suggest that Brown received funds and the promise of an administration job.
James Jones, communications director for the statehood advocacy group DC Vote, echoed Norton’s sentiments.
“The committee appears to be repeating what our own local people have done, and came to similar conclusions,” Jones said. “I think we’ve demonstrated that we can police our own affairs and conduct our own investigations into what’s happening in our backyard.”
DC Vote and Norton will continue to press Issa and committee Republicans to cede more local control to D.C. residents on Thursday when the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to consider legislation mandating new hiring practices in the District. Cheh has introduced similar legislation in the D.C. Council.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.