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Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

Capitol Protest Oregon
Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-07 13:59:31-04

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to expel a lawmaker who allowed violent protesters into the state Capitol in December. The House could vote as early as Monday on her resolution.

Rep. Mike Nearman was not only seen on security cameras opening the door to the Capitol, which was closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic but also allegedly told people in a video days beforehand that he would let them in if they texted him.

As lawmakers met in an emergency session on Dec. 21 to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, far-right rioters entered the building.

Nearman faces two misdemeanor criminal charges and has said he will seek a trial by jury.