- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Democratic Party wants its national committeeman to leave after a third-party investigation found he committed wrongdoing as a district councilman.

The party passed a vote last week to pass a resolution calling for Jack Evans to step down, WTOP-FM reports. The vote was held in response to mounting evidence that Evans “committed serious ethical violations and abused the public’s trust,” a party statement says.

“We’re trying to clean up D.C. politics … and right now, these latest developments aren’t allowing us to do that,” D.C. Democratic Party Chairman Charles Wilson said.

A council-backed investigation released last month found that Evans used his office to benefit private clients whose payments he failed to disclose or recognize as conflicts of interest. Similar allegations are under federal investigation and have already cost him other leadership roles, including that as the chair of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board.

Evans, the longest-serving city lawmaker, has maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing. The D.C. Council voted last week to expel Evans, launching a process to hold a formal vote on the matter. A required hearing at which Evans would be called to testify may be held as soon as Dec. 17. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, not for the first time, has urged Evans to resign from the council.

The station’s report didn’t include a comment from Evans.

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