Federal agents searched the home of Councilmember Jack Evans this morning; yesterday Evans resigned from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board after an independent investigation found he “knowingly” and repeatedly violated ethics rules to help his paying clients
WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, federal agents searched the home of Councilmember Jack Evans as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. This court-authorized search follows Evans’ resignation from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board yesterday after an independent investigation found he “knowingly” and repeatedly violated ethics rules to help his paying clients.
“Throughout my campaign, I’ve been saying that Jack Evans’ corruption is disqualifying for the DC Council,” Jordan said. “As the federal investigation continues to unfold, it’s important to remember what we already know: Jack Evans has repeatedly used his public office to do favors for clients who pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars — all without disclosing these obvious examples of conflicts of interest. It’s long past time for a councilmember who knows representing Ward 2 is a privilege, not a business opportunity.”
The report summarizing the independent investigation commissioned by the Metro Board’s Ethics Committee can be found here. The investigation “uncovered a pattern of conduct in which Evans attempted to and did help his friends and clients and served their interests, rather than the interests of WMATA.” The report noted that “[i]n total, Evans’s consulting clients agreed to pay him $325,000/year,” but “[a]t no time did Evans disclose any of these consulting agreements to WMATA.” The report also found that Evans “waged an extensive campaign against” a competitor of one of these paying clients, including using WMATA resources and staff to advance his client’s interests.
Fifth generation DC resident and former Obama Administration official Jordan Grossman is a candidate for the Ward 2 seat on the DC Council. Jordan is running to end corruption and make it easier for District residents to afford a home, find high-quality child care, walk, bike, or take public transit to work, and pay off student loan debt. He is challenging scandal-plagued incumbent Jack Evans in the Democratic primary in 2020.
To learn more, visit JordanforWard2.com.