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Mr. Graham said the directive from Mr. Brown referred only to future requests. He said his staff had been looking into the trust since June and received much of the information it wanted from its prior inquiries.

Mr. Graham also said the hearing will allow his committee to explore the trust’s lapses and how they should guide future practices.

Council member Vincent B. Orange, at-large Democrat, said the trust “needs a public airing” to discover why certain controls were not adequate to catch deceptive practices.

“There definitely was a lapse in those controls,” he said. “This is the topic of the hour, and there’s no use in running away from it.”