Newly-sworn in West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans has resigned from office in disgrace after he filmed himself during the insurrection on the US Capitol that left five people dead and multiple officers injured.
Evans resigned from West Virginia’s House of Delegates on Saturday, Metro News reported.
“I hereby resign as a member of the House of Delegates, effective immediately,” Evans said in his resignation letter.
“I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians,” Evans wrote. “I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state. And more importantly, I hope it helps to begin the healing process, so we can all move forward and come together as ‘One Nation, Under God.'”
The resignation came one day after Evans was charged with federal crimes for his role in the riot.
When Evans was taken into custody on Friday, his grandmother said, “And thank you, Mr. Trump for invoking a riot at the White House.”
Evans, a Republican and Trump supporter, reportedly recorded a Facebook Live video in which he was heard shouting “We’re in! We’re in baby!” while moving among a crowd of rioters as he walked through a doorway of the Capitol Rotunda.
NEW: West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans, who livestreamed himself entering the U.S. Capitol, has been hit with criminal charges pic.twitter.com/Ez7yY2kjoF
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Evans was taken into custody on Saturday according to WSAZ reporter Chad Hedrick.
— Chad Hedrick (@WSAZChadHedrick) January 8, 2021