D.C. Council member Jack Evans displayed no hesitation when an investigator recently asked about his compensation from a prominent Washington law firm.
“I was paid $60,000 a year for the two years I was there,” he said.
But Evans (D-Ward 2) was far less specific when the investigator asked what he did for the firm besides recruiting one client.
“That’s a question I can’t answer,” Evans replied.
In 800 pages of transcripted interviews with lawyers hired by the council, Evans emerges as a man who relied on a clique of business executives — virtually all of them his friends — to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars for consulting work that he often could not explain or describe.
Evans kept his client list secret — a violation of the council’s ethics code, according to O’Melveny & Myers, the firm retained by the council to examine his business dealings. And time after time, he used his influence as the council’s longest-serving member to benefit his clients and violated the District’s ethics rules, the investigators concluded.