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Jack Evans Violated DC Council Ethics Rules 11 Times, Report Says

An investigation by a law firm found the council member accepted outside income from numerous companies that all had business in the city

A 97-page report says D.C. Council member Jack Evans repeatedly violated the council's code of conduct and accepted outside income from 10 companies.

"I'm disgusted by the report. We have to wait to hear from Mr. Evans," Council member Mary Cheh said.

Evans has violated the D.C. Council ethics rules 11 times since 2014 and he earned $400,000 from clients who were deemed "prohibited sources," the investigation by a law firm the council hired says.

One such client was Colonial Parking. According to the report, Evans worked to block proposed tax increases that would have impacted Colonial Parking.

The report also found that Evans acted repeatedly to support the merger between Pepco and Exelon. At the same time, he tried to get a job with the law firm handling the merger and the report says Evans did get the job after the merger was approved.

"I feel disgusted. I think the residents of the District of Columbia, all of us, should shudder at what we will read in that report," Cheh said.

Cheh is overseeing the council's investigation of Evans and will hold public hearings in two weeks that will decide his fate on the council.

"I think the report is damning," D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson said. "I would not say there was good news in it."

A previous investigation found Evans, who served as chairman of the Metro Board, violated Metro ethics. He stepped down from his post on the board when that chairmanship expired, acknowledging that he didn't disclose a profitable conflict of interest.

Council member Charles Allen has joined fellow council members Elissa Silverman, Brianne Nadeau and David Grosso in calling for Evans' resignation.

However, Evans has told The Washington Post he has no intention of stepping down.

Six challengers have filed paperwork to run for Evans' seat. Evans has not said if he is running again.

He denied News4's request for comment on Tuesday.

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