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Jim Graham inappropriately used lottery contracting process, report says

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft report by a District of Columbia internal-affairs investigator describes in detail an offer made by Councilmember Jim Graham to bidders for the city's lottery contract and concludes that Graham inappropriately tried to use the contracting process to advance his political agenda.

Federal investigators are examining the offer by Graham to Warren Williams Jr. and his partners for potential criminal wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the probe.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they've been instructed not to impede the ongoing investigation.

The report was obtained by The Washington Post editorial board. It details a 2008 meeting in which Graham offered to support Williams' bid for the lottery contract if Williams were to withdraw from a development project around a Metro station. Graham denies any wrongdoing.

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