West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans is indicted
Police are holding back Trump supporters who attempted to break a police cordon at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Julio Cortez | AP
A Republican member of the West Virginia House of Representatives was accused of being part of a group of supporters of President Donald Trump that broke into the U.S. Capitol earlier this week, the Justice Department said Friday.
Delegate Derrick Evans had filmed himself and others as they walked into the Capitol on Wednesday. “We’re in! Keep it up, baby!” Evans said on a video on social media.
Evans was charged with illegally entering the Capitol.
Evans’ attorney said Thursday that Evans “did not commit any crime that day” and that he will not resign.
The riot broke out shortly after a crowd of Trump supporters arrived at the Capitol following a rally. At the rally, the President had encouraged attendees to fight with him to prevent Joe Biden from being confirmed as the next President of the United States.
Congress suspended its confirmation of the vote on the electoral college on Wednesday afternoon after the crowd entered the Capitol. Biden’s election was confirmed in a joint session of Congress early Thursday morning.