SOON AFTER a felony charge was filed against the brother of former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown, his attorney released a statement that amounted to a thumb in the eye to federal prosecutors.
“My client Che Brown was charged with bank fraud — not campaign finance fraud or theft or anything remotely related to his role in his brother’s political campaign,” said A. Scott Bolden in reporting Mr. Brown will plead guilty “not to political corruption, but to his personal mistakes.”
There was no immediate reaction from prosecutors. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.’s practice has been to withhold comment until a guilty plea has been entered, but we trust he will be more forthcoming with information after Mr. Brown’s hearing Thursday. The biggest question is why the probe seems to be ending without producing solid answers to the troubling questions about Kwame Brown’s 2008 campaign finances that gave rise to the investigation more than a year ago.