His lawyer said that a West Virginia lawmaker will not resign despite pressure after posting a video of himself rushing into the U.S. Capitol with the crowd on Wednesday.
According to WVNS-TV in Lewisburg, Republican State Representative Derrick Evans did not commit any crimes that day, wrote his lawyer John H. Bryan.
“On the contrary,” Brian said, “he is exercising the rights protected by the constitution to make peaceful protests and stop what is happening. I will help him enforce these rights against any commentators or public officials who try to retaliate. Oppose him. Political expression, or by accusing him of being a member of a separate group that engaged in despicable violence and destroying property that day.”
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A mobile phone video recording part of the now-deleted video shows Evans wearing a helmet among the screaming mob, forcing him to enter the Capitol.
Evans wandered in the rotunda of the Capitol-full of paintings and cultural relics in the rotunda, historically used as a deportment resting place for the late American leaders-and shouted to others: “Don’t destroy!”
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The incident delayed the joint meeting of Congress to prove that the Electoral College obtained the votes for the presidential election, forcing members of Congress to flee and cover up their seats in the Senate, causing a devastating blow to the building and killing at least four people and dozens of lives. . Others-including law enforcement officers-were injured.
Republican Roger Hanshaw, Speaker of the West Virginia House of Representatives, said that Evans “deserves the largest prosecution of the law.”
House Speaker Jared Hunt told The Associated Press that Hanshaw is still “gathering as much information as possible about what has happened, and once the overall situation is known, it will assess all potential consequences.”
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Hanshaw said in the statement that he has not yet spoken to Evans.
Evans, who represents a part of Wayne County, said in a Facebook statement after the incident that he was returning to West Virginia, “just being there as an independent member of the film history media.”
WVNS reported that West Virginia Democrats called on Evans to leave and be prosecuted, stating that he must “take responsibility for his role in the Capitol attack.”
Fox News’ David Aaro and The Associated Press contributed to this report.