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DC Mayor, Councilmembers Subpoenaed in Jack Evans Inquiry



    DC Councilman Jack Evans Facing Ethics Questions

    Questions are mounting over whether D.C.'s longest-serving elected official violated ethics rules or even broke the law. News4's Mark Segraves talked to other lawmakers about the growing troubles for D.C. Councilman Jack Evans. (Published Monday, March 4, 2019)

    The inquiry concerning D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans' contacts with businesses in the District appears to have grown as federal investigators have issued more subpoenas, including to the mayor.

    A spokesperson for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed the mayor has now received a subpoena related to the investigation.

    In addition to the mayor, former News4 politics reporter Tom Sherwood is reporting that the entire D.C. Council has been subpoenaed as well.

    The federal investigation appears to be centered around Evans' relationships with individuals and companies that do business in the District, including the owner of a digital sign company who has also fallen under the scrutiny of federal investigators.

    DC Councilman Evans Apologizes as Council Considers Reprimand

    [DC] DC Councilman Evans Apologizes as Council Considers Reprimand

    "In retrospect I would have done a lot of things different," Councilman Jack Evans said in his apology on Tuesday. This comes after D.C. Council issued a resolution to reprimand Evans for the personal use of his government email. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

    (Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019)

    Councilmembers are allowed to have outside income and Evans has insisted he’s done nothing illegal. 

    Lawmakers were told they must preserve any documents related to the investigation into Evans, who denies he's done anything illegal. The new orders come after subpoenas were issued to the District’s city administrator and several clients of Evan’s private law practice.

    Evans publicly apologized earlier this week for what he called major mistakes after the council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced he was recommending Evans be reprimanded for directing his chief of staff to send out solicitations for outside employment using her D.C. Council email address. In those emails, Evans touted his influence as chairman of the D.C. Finance Committee and Metro’s Board of Directors.

    Metro has launched its own internal investigation.

    The growing number of subpoenas could indicate the scope of the investigation is widening.

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