Newly-elected member of West Virginia’s Home of Delegates Derrick Evans was among the many insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and we all know this as a result of he streamed video of himself doing it by which he referred to himself within the third particular person.
In a video posted to Fb, Evans, a Republican, pushes to the entrance of a crowd thronging the doorway to the Capitol and might clearly be heard saying “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is within the Capitol!” At one other level, Evans tells a police officer, “God bless you sir. Nothing private all proper. We nonetheless respect you all proper. Nothing private in opposition to you.”
The video has since been deleted, however, unsurprisingly, the proof persists on-line.
After phrase of his presence leaked on social media, Evans defended himself in a separate Fb submit by which he claimed to be on a bus heading dwelling to West Virginia and “an unbiased member of the media” who was solely current on the Capitol “to movie historical past.”
“I need to guarantee you all that I didn’t have any adverse interactions with regulation enforcement nor did I take part in any destruction which will have occurred,” Evans wrote.
As West Virginia’s Metro News factors out, Evans was sworn in as a delegate simply final month, throughout which he made an oath to “assist the Structure of the US, and the Structure of the State of West Virginia, and faithfully discharge the duties of Senator (or Delegate) in accordance with one of the best of my capability.”
Roger Hanshaw, the Speaker of the West Virginia Home of Delegates, addressed Evans’ presence on the Capitol and stated that “collaborating in a violent intentional disruption of certainly one of our nation’s most elementary political establishments is a criminal offense that ought to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the regulation.”
“I’ve not spoken to Delegate Evans about at the moment’s occasions, I don’t know the specifics of his involvement, I’ve solely seen what has been posted on social media to date, and I’m certain extra particulars could come out quickly,” Hanshaw added. “He might want to reply to his constituents and colleagues concerning his involvement in what has occurred at the moment.”
The West Virginia Legislature is ready to convene subsequent Wednesday for a one-day session.