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Second Gray aide charged in campaign probe

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Mr. Brooks declined to testify in front of the D.C. Council committee, citing his Fifth Amendment rights. A WUSA-TV (Channel 9) report in October said Mr. Brooks was cooperating with authorities and wore a wire to record conversations for prosecutors.

In court Tuesday, Gore appeared to confirm that Mr. Brooks had worn a wire to record conversations for prosecutors, though his attorney, Frederick Cooke, claimed reporters must have misheard him.

A source with knowledge of the investigation said Mr. Brooks also might have been charged with making donations under another person’s name had he not cooperated with investigators.

After Mr. Gray won the 2010 election, Mr. Brooks’ son, Peyton Brooks, was hired for a $110,000-a-year job in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. The younger Brooks later resigned amid the federal probe.

Howard Brooks’ attorney, Glenn F. Ivey, declined to comment Wednesday.

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