Metro Report Finds Wrongdoing by Jim Graham

WASHINGTON — An independent review has found that a D.C. councilmember violated the code of conduct of Washington’s Metro transit system.

The report released Thursday finds no criminal activity by Councilmember Jim Graham, who formerly served on the Metro board. But it says he committed “a clear violation” of Metro’s standards of conduct when he offered to support a developer’s bid for the city’s lottery contract in exchange for the developer’s withdrawal from a real estate project around a Metro station.

Graham made the offer during a 2008 meeting with developer Warren Williams. The offer was rejected. Ultimately, Williams’ group did not win the lottery contract, and the Metro project was never built.

Graham told The Associated Press he would not comment until he had a chance to read the report.

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