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WV Delegate Won’t Give Up Elected Position

January 8th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

As soon as next week, West Virginia delegates could consider the removal of a newly-sworn in lawmaker who surged into a U.S. Capitol riot. Delegate Derrick Evans, R-Wayne, is already subject of a public petition for removal, which has thousands of signatures. In a statement issued Thursday evening, a lawyer for Evans said he will not voluntarily give up the elected position.

“Delegate Derrick Evans will not be resigning his public office,” stated attorney John H. Bryan of Union.

The three-page statement described Evans as an activist and “journalist” who was documenting the day’s events while being swept along in a crowd.

“Given the sheer size of the group walking in, Evans had no choice but to enter,” Bryan wrote. “Evans continued to film once inside. His footage showed that members of the public were already inside the Capitol by the time he entered. Evans’ footage shows no riotous behavior taking place at that time. Protesters can be seen calmly walking around.”

West Virginia lawmakers have started saying Evans should resign or be prepared for expulsion.