Ken Kohl of the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed during a national press call that a GOP Representative has been federally charged for his actions during the storming of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6.
Kohl told the press that West Virginia District 19 Delegate Derrick Evans was arrested and charged.
“I just received word that we have now a signed complaint against a delegate who serves in the West Virginia Legislature,” said Kohl.
Charging documents released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office show that Evans has been charged with entering a restricted building without lawful authority, and with entering the House of Congress “with the intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business.”
The charging documents were filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday, January 8. Despite Evans’ claims that he was present during the chaos as an “independent member of the media,” Special Agent David DiMarco found several posts on Evans’ Facebook that supposedly show that the delegate went to the Capitol building with intent to act as an activist.
Evans reportedly filmed himself joining in the protest and entering the Capitol building. He deleted the original video, but it was reposted by a U.S. Senate candidate from West Virginia:
West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans Films Self Breaking Into Capitol With Rioters pic.twitter.com/hA8Usmgciz
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 7, 2021
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, this case is one of 55 other cases they are pursuing, and one of the fifteen federal charges that were announced on January 8.
Delegate Evans is still a member of the West Virginia state legislature, and his lawyer has announced that he has no intent to resign. A petition calling for the GOP delegate’s removal has over 30,000 signatures, and several state lawmakers are also calling for him to be removed from office.
Reporters attempted to ask questions of Evans when he was exiting the federal courthouse, but he refused to give a comment on the situation:
No comment from WV Delegate Derrick Evans exiting the federal courthouse in Huntington. pic.twitter.com/m17fVzKDs0
— Tim Irr (@WSAZirr) January 8, 2021