Confidential documents show that D.C. Council Member Jack Evans sought to limit an ethics investigation and prevent its findings from being made public.
The Washington Post reports that Evans' actions are detailed in investigative documents obtained from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's ethics committee. Evans is the former chairman.
Records show Evans threatened the jobs of a board lawyer and secretary while trying to hide the findings of an ethics probe, which found he failed to disclose a profitable conflict-of-interest.
Evans' lawyer, Mark Tuohey, says Evans never intended that anyone be fired. Clarence C. Crawford, who chaired the ethics committee, made the findings public at the request of state and local officials.
Evans resigned his transit job days later but remains a D.C. city councilman. Federal agents continue to probe his private consulting business.
He was fined $20,000 for flaunting his position and influence when trying to land outside jobs.