A freshman delegate from Wayne County says he will not be resigning after posting on social media that he was among the throng of people that forcefully entered the United States Capitol on Wednesday.
Republican Derrick Evans livestreamed his entrance with other protestors into the Capitol. Evans announced his entry in the video.
“We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol,” the delegate proclaimed while he and others poured through the entrance of the Capitol.
The video was deleted.
Evans later posted on his social media account he did not participate in any of the destruction of the Capitol or provocation of police. He claimed to be an independent member of the media to film history.
West Virginia House Minority Leader Doug Skaff called on House Speaker Roger Hanshaw to suspend Evans’ floor privileges to allow for an investigation.
Speaker Hanshaw said Evans will have to answer to constituents and colleagues concerning his actions.
Attorney John H. Bryan said Evans will not resign. Bryan says Evans did not organize or lead a group to travel to the protest.
The attorney released a statement saying Evans engaged in no violence, no rioting, no destruction of property, and no illegal behavior.