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The mayor has been accused of taking a bribe based on the fact

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4. The mayor has been accused of taking a bribe based on the fact that a consultant that does business with the city paid for improvements to the mayor's vacation house. In his own defense, the mayor has said that he paid every bill for those improvements that was presented to him.

Which one of the following, if true, most undermines the mayor's defense?

(A) Authorities are investigating the consultant for taking bribes from officials of other cities.
(B) The mayor was aware that many of the bills were being presented to the consultant rather than to the mayor.
(C) The building contractor in charge of the improvements to the mayor's house had done business with the city in the past.
(D) The improvements to the mayor's house were done with expensive materials and involved thousands of hours of labor.
(E) The amount of money that the city paid the consultant over the last year greatly exceeded the cost of the improvements to the mayor's house.

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(A) Authorities are investigating the consultant for taking bribes from officials of other cities.
- Irrelevant
(B) The mayor was aware that many of the bills were being presented to the consultant rather than to the mayor.
- Clearly weakens Mayor's defence as the bills were being presented to the consultant rather than to mayor and mayor paid bills only presented to him
(C) The building contractor in charge of the improvements to the mayor's house had done business with the city in the past.
- Irrelevant
(D) The improvements to the mayor's house were done with expensive materials and involved thousands of hours of labor.
-Irrelevant
(E) The amount of money that the city paid the consultant over the last year greatly exceeded the cost of the improvements to the mayor's house.
- Irrelevant

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4. The mayor has been accused of taking a bribe based on the fact that a consultant that does business with the city paid for improvements to the mayor's vacation house. In his own defense, the mayor has said that he paid every bill for those improvements that was presented to him.

Which one of the following, if true, most undermines the mayor's defense?

(A) Authorities are investigating the consultant for taking bribes from officials of other cities.
(B) The mayor was aware that many of the bills were being presented to the consultant rather than to the mayor.
(C) The building contractor in charge of the improvements to the mayor's house had done business with the city in the past.
(D) The improvements to the mayor's house were done with expensive materials and involved thousands of hours of labor.
(E) The amount of money that the city paid the consultant over the last year greatly exceeded the cost of the improvements to the mayor's house.

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A) "Other cities" are irrelevant to the mayor's defense
B) Correct The statement proves that the mayor knew about bills that were not charged to him. Also, this statement directly targets the mayor's defense by specifically pointing out the bills.
C) This has already been stated in the argument and is irrelevant to the mayor's defence
D) Expensive materials are out of scope
E) "The amount of money" is not a part of the mayor's defence and nor is the comparision made relevant to the conclusion.
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What if the mayor was presented only a little portion of the bills? B presents the loophole in mayor's claim.

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