Cheh: Green’s testimony ‘implausible’
Lorraine A. Green, a former Amtrak executive who also served a chairman of the mayor’s transition team, told the D.C. Committee on Government Operations and the Environment on Friday that she remained on the periphery of the process that resulted in candidate Sulaimon Brown landing a high-paying government job.
“I find it implausible that all we were talking about in terms of promises to Mr. Brown was an interview,” she said.
“It does suggest that you had it in your mind already to hire him,” said Mr. Catania, at-large independent.
Mr. Catania also said that other campaign supporters could not get even an interview, yet Mr. Brown without an interview got “a rocket docket” and the “friends and family treatment” to secure a $110,000-a-year job at the Department of Healthcare Finance.
Mr. Brown, a Democrat, was fired after questions arose about his background and behavior on the job, prompting him to hit back with the accusations against the mayor’s campaign staff.
In addition to denying paying Mr. Brown, Ms. Green said she did not know payments were made by Mr. Brooks, who has invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and will not appear before the committee.
His son, Peyton Brooks, was one of several children of well- connected people who received a city job and later resigned.
Ms. Green said she has a “closer personal relationship” with the elder Mr. Brooks and speaks to him almost every day. Through her attorney, Ms. Green declined to discuss conversations she had with Mr. Brooks about Mr. Brown’s accusations, citing an ongoing investigation into the matter by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mrs. Cheh said the question will stand until the federal prosecutor is finished with his investigation.
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