Derrick Evans, a right-wing West Virginia lawmaker who livestreamed himself storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, has introduced his resignation from the West Virginia House of Delegates, WSAZ-TV and West Virginia MetroNews reported. Evans had earlier rebuffed requires his resignation, insisting he had executed “nothing wrong.”
But on Saturday, Evans stated he would resign and that he took “full responsibility for my actions.”
“The past few days have certainly been a difficult time for my family, colleagues and myself, so I feel it’s best at this point to resign my seat in the House and focus on my personal situation and those I love,” Evans stated in a press release.
“I … deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians,” he added.
In a since-deleted video posted by Evans to social media, the lawmaker may very well be heard encouraging a throng of Donald Trump supporters to push into the Capitol, which had been positioned underneath lockdown. Once inside, he yelled: “We’re in! We’re in! We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”
Evans was among the many a whole lot of Trump supporters who laid siege to the constructing, forcing lawmakers ― who had gathered to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory ― to hunt shelter and evacuate. At least 5 folks, together with one Capitol Police officer, died because of the violence.
Federal officers have stated Evans will face felony expenses for his involvement within the insurrectionist assault.
Evans’ lawyer stated Thursday that the lawmaker had merely been “exercising his First Amendment rights to peacefully protest and ﬁlm a historic and dynamic event.”
Evans, the lawyer stated in a press release, “engaged in no violence, no rioting, no destruction of property and no illegal behavior.”
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