City council, mayor subpoenaed in federal probe of official

March 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C., mayor and city council have been subpoenaed as part of a federal investigation into a councilman who used his position to solicit business from District lobbyists.

News outlets report the investigation focuses on Councilman Jack Evans and legislation he promoted in 2016 that would’ve benefited a digital sign company.

The council’s legal team ordered it to save records related to proposed digital sign legislation and communications related to several companies and individuals. The office of Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked to give the FBI similar documents.

Email records show Evans also has pitched himself to lobbying firms, arguing they should employ him because of his relationships and influence as the District’s longest-serving lawmaker and area transit board chair.

Evans didn’t immediately return the outlets’ requests for comment.