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Jim Graham lashes out, denies any wrongdoing in awarding of DC lottery contract

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D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham

A D.C. councilmember is firing back at reports which have connected him to alleged wrongdoing when it comes to the awarding of a D.C. lottery contract.

At a Finance Committee hearing, Graham said, "I have had it with this!" Graham lashed out at numerous editorials and media reports.

"I haven't committed any crime, I have broken no law, and yet this is the type of attention that I have endured," said Graham.

This all stems from a civil lawsuit that was filed by a D.C. employee who says he was fired after raising concerns about the awarding of a multi-million dollar lottery contract. He claims public officials were trying to steer the contract.

Councilmember David Catania asked Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi if he had been contacted by federal law enforcement or any sitting grand jury related to the lottery contract. Gandhi's general counsel said the CFO could not comment.

Chairman of the Finance Committee, Jack Evans, pledged to get to the bottom of the lottery probe. He could ask for subpoena powers to force witnesses to testify.

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