Jack Evans, former board chairman of D.C. Metro, threatened two top officials of the agency with expulsion from their posts in order to conceal his wrongdoings, the Washington Post reported.
An ethics investigation by a Metro committee had revealed that Evans violated the rules. In relation to the findings, Metro’s board secretary and top lawyer reportedly became the targets of Evans’ threats.
The daily acquired a large number of confidential documents that are part of the investigation.
Based on the documents, the Washington Post reported that Evans scolded the two employees for taking part in the investigation and even threatened to fire them. The pair was assisting in the probe and also helping the committee with including an outside law firm to investigate the actions of Evans.
A report written by that firm required the D.C. Council to dismiss Evans from his position as the chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee. The documents were not shared with the entire board.
Evans’ lawyer, Mark Tuohey, stated that his client may have spoken in anger and apologized for what he said afterwards, “but he certainly never intended that anybody be fired.”
Last June, Evans resigned from his post on the Metro board but he is still a member of the D.C. Council. His private consulting business is still being investigated for ethics violations. The FBI raided Evans’ Georgetown on June 21, in the wake of his resignation announcement.
Evans is accused of abusing his position in the D.C. Council and on the board of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the interests of a parking company that allegedly paid him $50,000 per year.