The West Virginia state lawmaker who was a part of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the US Capitol was arrested as we speak and is being charged by federal authorities.
Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican who was sworn in to the West Virginia Home of Delegates final month, livestreamed himself on Fb Wednesday because the mob broke into the Capitol. On Friday, Evans was “charged with coming into a restricted space of the US Capitol,” the Related Press reported, citing a Justice Division official.
“Ken Kohl, a high deputy federal prosecutor in Washington, introduced the cost in opposition to Republican state Del. Derrick Evans on a name through which he offered dozens of recent costs in opposition to members of the group that violently stormed the Capitol on Wednesday,” the AP wrote.
WSAZ reporter Chad Hendrick posted a video of Evans being taken into custody by FBI brokers this afternoon:
#BREAKING WV Delegate Derrick Evans has been taken into federal custody.
He is charged after allegedly coming into a restricted space of the US Capitol with rioters Wednesday.
— Chad Hedrick (@WSAZChadHedrick) January 8, 2021
“WSAZ was the one information outlet at Evans’ residence in Wayne County Friday because the FBI made the arrest,” the information website wrote.
We requested the Division of Justice for extra element on the cost and potential penalties, and we’ll replace this text if we get extra data.
Evans’ video made him simple to establish
Regulation enforcement businesses have been inspecting social media posts to establish rioters, and Evans made it particularly simple for authorities to establish him. Whereas livestreaming himself, Evans yelled, “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is within the Capitol!” In one other video he posted earlier than storming the Capitol, he mentioned, “Pray that the patriots, the constitutional-loving Individuals, the people who find themselves uninterested in liberals working this nation and stealing elections, that they get off the sofa and present up as we speak in drive and ship a message.”
Evans’ actions drew condemnation from each Republican and Democratic officers in West Virginia. Evans claimed he “was merely there as an unbiased member of the media to movie historical past,” and his lawyer mentioned Evans wouldn’t resign from the state legislature.
“Evans’ lawyer had asserted in a press release Thursday that his shopper ‘had no selection however to enter’ the Capitol because of the dimension of the group he was in, and that, ‘It wasn’t obvious to Mr. Evans that he wasn’t allowed to comply with the group into this public space of the Capitol, inside which members of the general public have been already situated,'” based on CNN.
One of many different arrests introduced as we speak was of Richard Barnett, who posted a photograph of himself in Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace throughout the break-in. He was arrested in Arkansas.
“Simply since you’ve left the DC area, you possibly can nonetheless count on a knock on the door, if we discover out you have been a part of the felony exercise on the Capitol,” FBI official Steven D’antuono mentioned, based on Politico. “We’re sparing no expense or personnel or effort to root these perpetrators out and discover them.” There may be arrests for thefts of laptops from the places of work of congressmembers, together with a laptop computer stolen from Pelosi’s workplace.
Itemizing picture by Derrick Evans