Connolly, Holmes Norton, and Other Democrats block testimony from DC Councilmember Jack Evans at statehood hearing

Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
Published: Sep 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Oversight Democrats blocked a Republican motion to subpoena DC Councilmember Jack Evans to testify at today’s hearing on DC statehood. Evans, a long-time DC Councilmember and former Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee, is accused of using his official position for personal gain.

H.R. 51, the Democrat bill for DC statehood, would promote Evans to the position of state legislator.

Following the vote to block the subpoena, Ranking Member Jordan, joined by all Republican members of the Committee, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) exercising their right to hear testimony from additional witnesses, including DC Councilmember Jack Evans.

Full text of the letter can be found here.

Background:

  • On July 16th, 2019, Ranking Members Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows sent a letter to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors Chair Paul Smedburg requesting all documents about the ethics committee’s investigation into former WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans.
  • On September 10th, 2019, Ranking Members Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows sent a letter to Chairmen Elijah Cummings and Gerry Connolly requesting transcribed interviews relating to WMATA’s ethics investigation into Evans. The letter enclosed a memorandum providing an interim update about WMATA’s handling of the Evans investigation.
  • On September 13th, 2019, Chairmen Cummings and Connolly sent a letter to the Inspector General of WMATA requesting a review of the circumstances surrounding the investigation conducted on behalf of the Ethics Committee of the WMATA Board of Directors into Chairman Jack Evans’s compliance with the WMATA Code of Ethics and Compact.
  • On September 16th, 2019, Ranking Members Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings requesting he invite Evans to testify at today’s hearing on DC statehood.