West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans said on January 9 that he was resigning after being accused of being involved in the violation of the United States Capitol on January 6.
In a letter to West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, Evans said he would resign effective immediately, the media reported.
Evans, also a Republican, issued a statement calling the past few days « a difficult time for my family, my colleagues, and myself. »
“So I feel it is best at this time to resign my position in the Chamber and focus on my personal situation and those I love. I take full responsibility for my actions and deeply regret any harm, pain, or embarrassment I may have caused to my West Virginia family, friends, constituents and colleagues, ”he stated.
“It is my hope that this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the State Legislature, so that my colleagues can begin to work seriously on building a brighter future for our state. Most importantly, I hope it helps start the healing process, so that we can all move forward and come together as ‘One nation, under God.’
Evans was one of three men charged in federal court on January 9 for allegedly being involved in the Capitol rape.
Protesters storm the Capitol building in Washington on January 6, 2021 (Ahmed Gaber / .).
The 35-year-old man was charged with one count of knowingly entering or staying in a restricted building or land without legal authority, and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. The first charge carries a prison sentence of up to one year.
According to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Evans went live to his Facebook page on January 6. The video showed him joining in and rooting for the crowd that entered the Capitol.
An FBI special agent wrote in the affidavit that the video, which Evans later deleted, showed him amid a large crowd outside closed double doors on Capitol Hill. Evans soon begins to sing “Our house! Our house! » before broadcasting that the police officers were trying to arrest the group.
About a minute later, the crowd begins to force their way into the entrance. « We will enter! » Evans said, according to the court document. When the group entered, he added: “We are in, we are in! Derrick Evans is on Capitol Hill! « At one point, he punched a United States Capitol police officer and said, » We will respect you, okay! » He also shouted: “Don’t destroy anything! Do not vandalize property, do not vandalize! «
After news broke of his involvement in the rape, Evans told his Facebook followers that he was on a bus heading back to West Virginia.
“As many of you know, over the past few years, I have traveled across the country to film many different events. Today I had the opportunity to film another event in DC, ”he wrote. “I want to assure everyone that I did not have negative interactions with the police or participate in any destruction that may have occurred. I was just there as an independent member of the media to film the story.