Derrick Evans, who was arrested Friday for breaking into the U.S. Capitol with a mob of pro-Trump supporters, has resigned from his position as a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
“I hereby resign as a member of the House of Delegates, effective immediately,” Evans said in a letter submitted to Governor Jim Justice and the House on Saturday.
“The past few days have certainly been a difficult time for my family, colleagues and myself, so I feel it’s best at this point to resign my seat in the House and focus on my personal situation and those I love,” Evans said, according to a statement released by the legislative body.
“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. 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.’”
Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw said Saturday that he was “deeply troubled,” by the attack on the Capitol, and called Evans’ resignation “a good first step.”
“In announcing his resignation, Delegate Evans said he accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized to those he’s hurt. In this time of overheated, hyperbolic political rage, I think that’s a good first step for us all to take right now,” the House of Delegates said in a news release.
Evans is now facing federal charges after live-streaming a video in which he surged through a door in the interior of the Capitol building.
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West Virginia Delegate Who Joined D.C. Capitol Riot Resigns Amid Pressure, Federal Charges The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Newsweek.