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Members of the committee expressed frustration with the fact-finding mission, saying hours of testimony from four hearings on the mayor’s personnel practices did not always ring true and at least one witness likely perjured herself.

Mr. Brown, despite his central role, has refused to testify.

The committee voted to ask for a court order that compels Mr. Brown and another reluctant witness, Cherita Whiting, to appear or risk contempt. Their motion must go before the full council on Tuesday before it is forwarded to D.C. Superior Court.

Although a final committee report could be weeks away, Mrs. Cheh said the hiring process for people who serve at the will of the mayor has allowed for “a good deal of mischief.”