D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) privately told fellow lawmakers Tuesday that he plans to end the consulting business that has made him the target of an expanding federal investigation, according to several people in the room.
Evans made those comments during a controversial closed-door meeting of the D.C. Council to discuss a growing scandal that has reached city hall.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and the council received federal subpoenas last week for documents related to Evans and his constellation of private legal and consulting clients.
The Washington Post reported that Evans has repeatedly solicited business from law firms that had lobbied the city government, touting his influence and connections as an elected official to help them win clients.
The subpoenas arrived as Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) proposed that the council reprimand Evans, 65, the city’s longest-serving lawmaker. With that threat looming, the council opted to hear from Evans and his lawyer, Mark Tuohey, on Tuesday and voted 9 to 3 to hold the session in private.