Federal agents entered the Georgetown home of Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans around 6 a.m. on Friday, June 21, under a court-issued warrant, and departed from the 3100 block of P Street NW around 9:30 a.m. with boxes and files.
The dramatic scene occurred as Metropolitan Police blocked traffic at the intersections of 31st and 32nd Streets — with about eight FBI unmarked cars parked on the north side of P Street.
The FBI raid occurred the day after it was revealed that Evans said he violated ethics rules in relation to his chairmanship of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board and was resigning from it.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office told news outlets via email: “The FBI is present for court-authorized law enforcement activity; we cannot provide further comment.”
Evans is also being investigated by a federal grand jury for inappropriate use of his influence and seat on the District Council to benefit his private business, NSE Consulting, headquartered in his P Street home. Evans is one of D.C.’s most powerful politicians and its longest-serving Council member.
On Friday, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said he planned a Council vote in July to strip Evans of his chairmanship of the Finance Committee. Evans has not been charged with any crime.
During the search, Evans stayed outside his home. He and his lawyer Mark Tuohey did not comment to the press. Evans returned to his home around 9:15 a.m; Tuohey briefly entered the home and then left.
A few neighbors observed the commotion. One of those, who lives across the street from Evans, is Rick Murphy, chairman of the Georgetown-Burleith-Hillandale Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC2E). Murphy would not comment on Evans’s situation except to say that “it is very sad.”