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Politics Oregon GOP legislator ousted over state Capitol breach

08:05  11 june  2021
08:05  11 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

Oregon Republicans call for expulsion of GOP lawmaker filmed plotting ahead of Capitol breach

  Oregon Republicans call for expulsion of GOP lawmaker filmed plotting ahead of Capitol breach Republican state Rep. Mike Nearman stands accused of Just days before Rep. Mike Nearman helped armed protesters enter the closed Oregon Capitol building, endangering fellow lawmakers and Capitol employees, he coached constituents on the exact steps to get his help breaking in.

Republican lawmakers have voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who had let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21. Legislators said on the House floor that this could be the most important vote they ever cast. They then proceeded Thursday night to expel an unapologetic Rep. Mike Nearman with a 59-1 vote, marking the first time a member has been expelled by the House in its 160-year history.

" Oregon State Police and Salem police contained the raucous crowd, some of whom were armed with guns, to a vestibule of the Capitol and ultimately removed them from the building," The Oregonian reports. At least five people involved in the breach and property damage were arrested, and "at least Republicans in the Legislature have mostly kept silent on Nearman's conduct, but House Republican Leader Christine Drazan said in January that she will support the results of a criminal investigation. " State legislators are the voices of their community," Drazan told The Washington Post on Saturday.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21.

The Oregon House of Representatives get set to open a session on the evening of Thursday, June 10, 2021, to consider expelling member Rep. Mike Nearman for letting violent protesters into the Oregon Capitol in December. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky) © Provided by Associated Press The Oregon House of Representatives get set to open a session on the evening of Thursday, June 10, 2021, to consider expelling member Rep. Mike Nearman for letting violent protesters into the Oregon Capitol in December. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Legislators said on the House floor that this could be the most important vote they ever cast. They then proceeded Thursday night to expel an unapologetic Rep. Mike Nearman with a 59-1 vote, marking the first time a member has been expelled by the House in its 160-year history. The only vote against the resolution for expulsion was Nearman’s own.

Oregon House expels Republican who let rioters into state Capitol building

  Oregon House expels Republican who let rioters into state Capitol building The Oregon House of Representatives ousted one of its own for his role in a riot that occurred at the state Capitol. © Provided by Washington Examiner Four-term Republican state Rep. Mike Nearman was expelled from the House on Thursday night in a 59-1 vote. He was the only person to cast a ballot in favor of him continuing his position. PROTESTS ROCK OREGON CAPITOL AS LAWMAKERS CONVENE HECTIC SPECIAL SESSIONNearman was removed for "disorderly behavior" after Dec. 21, 2020, when he was accused of letting rioters into the state Capitol building, which had been closed to the public for the pandemic.

(AP) — A half-year after a Republican legislator let violent, far-right protesters into the Oregon State Capitol , a special committee will examine his role and could recommend he be the first member of the House to be expelled in its 160-year history. Ahead of the inaugural meeting Monday afternoon of the House Special Some of the protesters had guns. Among those who gathered outside the Capitol in Salem that day were people espousing false QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrats kidnapping babies. They carried American flags and President Donald Trump banners. One woman had a pitchfork.

Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman is facing misdemeanor charges for appearing to purposefully let far-right demonstrators breach the state Capitol in December. GOP lawmaker charged with ‘knowingly’ letting rioters breach the Oregon Capitol . Pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators rally outside the Oregon Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Dec. 21 as legislators meet in an emergency session. (Andrew Selsky/AP).

Rep. Paul Holvey, a Democrat who chaired a committee that earlier Thursday unanimously recommended Nearman’s expulsion, reminded lawmakers of the events of Dec. 21, which were an eerie foreshadowing of the much more serious Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

“On the morning of Dec. 21st, a couple hundred protesters — some of them heavily armed and wearing body armor — arrived at the Capitol for a protest, with the intent to illegally enter and presumably occupy the building and interrupt the proceedings of the Oregon Legislature,” Holvey said. “Staff and legislators were terrified. We can only speculate what would have happened if they were able to get all the way in.”

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol as legislators meet for an emergency session in Salem, Ore. Prosecutors have leveled criminal charges against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into the state Capitol that day. Rep. Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. A special committee could recommend he be the first member of the House to be expelled in its 160-year history. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol as legislators meet for an emergency session in Salem, Ore. Prosecutors have leveled criminal charges against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into the state Capitol that day. Rep. Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. A special committee could recommend he be the first member of the House to be expelled in its 160-year history. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Nearman said he let the protesters in because he believes the Capitol, which has been closed to the public to protect against spread of the coronavirus, should have been open. The assault happened during a peak of the pandemic.

Oregon House ousts GOP rep for helping protesters enter state Capitol

  Oregon House ousts GOP rep for helping protesters enter state Capitol The Oregon House on Thursday voted 59-1 to expel Republican state Rep. Mike Nearman, who was accused of helping far-right protesters enter the state Capitol in December.The record vote is the first time the legislative body has ejected a sitting representative, according to The Oregonian.Nearman's seat will likely remain vacant for the remainder of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 27.The 22 other state House Republicans reportedly remained silent during the floor debate. Nearman was the lone "no" vote against his ouster.

Sixteen days before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and nearly 2,900 miles away, an eerily similar incident occurred at the Oregon Capitol when 50 protesters breached the building — where lawmakers were working — and clashed with law enforcement. Security video shows a Republican lawmaker, Rep. Since then, there have been calls for Nearman, a representative from the small northwest Oregon town of Independence, to resign ahead of the upcoming Legislative session that begins Tuesday.

The Oregon State Police said they were aware of further “rumors that armed groups are considering taking over and/or occupying the State Capitols ” and are monitoring “several possible events" ahead of the presidential inauguration on Jan. Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard because of possible violence at the state Capitol and elsewhere. Oregon State Police said the National Guard would be used as necessary and its deployment locations wouldn’t be made public.

But even Republicans, who are often bitterly opposed to Democratic initiatives on climate change and some other bills, said the crowd outside the Capitol that day was not made up of constituents who wanted to peacefully engage in the democratic process.

Some were carrying guns. Some shouted false QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrats kidnapping babies. They carried American flags, banners for former President Donald Trump and a sign calling for the arrest of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. They broke windows and assaulted journalists.

“Nobody should have opened the door to the people who were here that day,” said Rep. Daniel Bonham, a Republican and a member Holvey’s special committee.

The final straw for Republican House members came on June 4, when video emerged showing Nearman choreographing how he would let protesters into the Capitol a few days before it actually happened. For his fellow lawmakers, that was proof it was a premeditated act, which Nearman acknowledged. All 22 of his fellow House Republicans wrote him on Monday, strongly recommending he resign.

Security, intelligence failures led to Jan. 6 insurrection: Bipartisan Senate report

  Security, intelligence failures led to Jan. 6 insurrection: Bipartisan Senate report A bipartisan Senate investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection found security and intelligence failures at every level of government that led to the Capitol's breach The 95-page report, a product of a roughly five-month, joint probe by the Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committees, found significant breakdowns ranging "from federal intelligence agencies failing to warn of a potential for violence to a lack of planning and preparation by (U.S. Capitol Police) and law enforcement leadership." There was no overall operational or staffing plan for that fateful day, a total failure of leadership, according to the committees.

Legislators in the state have never before expelled one of their own. “I would hope that Representative Nearman would make the decision to not be the first,” Ms. Drazan said in an interview. The protest in Salem was part of a series of demonstrations that broke out across the country after the Nov. In the months since the breach , videos have made it clear that the crowd had assistance from someone on the inside. Security footage made public days afterward showed Mr. Nearman, who has represented a district that lies south and west of Salem for the past six years, opening a door in a way that allowed

On Monday, lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol building, under a heavy police presence, to swear in reelected and newly elected legislators . Officers and police stationed on the Capitol mall carefully monitored all vehicles arriving in the area. The Oregon State Police said they were aware of further “rumors that armed groups are considering taking over and/or occupying the State Capitols ” and are monitoring “several possible events" ahead of the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard because of possible violence at the state Capitol and elsewhere.

As lawmakers gathered to decide Nearman’s fate, a few dozen people waving American flags and one carrying a sign saying “I am Mike Nearman” gathered outside the Capitol. One repeatedly kicked a metal door, sending booms through a marble hallway of the building.

Nearman was seen on security video opening a door to protesters on Dec. 21 as lawmakers met in emergency session to deal with economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters barged into the building, which was closed to the public because of coronavirus safety protocols, got into shoving matches with police and sprayed officers with bear spray.

“It’s impossible to overstate the seriousness of the reason we are here today,” Holvey said during the committee hearing. “Rep. Nearman enabled armed, violent protesters to enter the Capitol, breaching the security of the Capitol, which was officially closed to the public, and also endangered the authorized staff and legislators inside the building.”

Hundreds of people provided written testimony to the House Special Committee On December 21, 2020, which was composed of three Democrats and three Republicans.

Low-flying helicopters, emergency vehicles part of Capitol training exercise

  Low-flying helicopters, emergency vehicles part of Capitol training exercise U.S. Capitol Police conducted a training exercise on Monday morning which included emergency vehicles and low-flying helicopters across the Washington skyline. But the sight of helicopters landing on the U.S. Capitol grounds Monday -- almost five months to the day after the Jan. 6 assault -- was concerning enough that officials had told nearby residents beforehand, "Please do not be alarmed.

Some who testified excoriated Nearman as a seditionist. Others praised him for letting people into the Capitol, saying residents should be allowed to attend even though hearings are livestreamed on video.

“Mike Nearman’s behavior ... was abhorrent and anti-democratic,” David Alba said. “Furthermore, by aiding and supporting extremists, he has placed people’s lives in danger. He should be removed from office and he is not fit to represent my district.”

But Nearman’s supporters said they elected him and the House should not expel him. One supporter suggested the 22 GOP lawmakers who asked him to resign should be voted out of office.

“May your Republican constituents take no mercy on you,” Casey Ocupe said in written testimony.

House Speaker Tina Kotek credited riot police, who finally pushed out the Dec. 21 protesters, with preventing a full-scale assault.

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

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Oregon House expels Republican Rep. Mike Nearman for assisting rioters who breached state Capitol .
Nearman was also charged with official misconduct and criminal trespass for his actions , was the only member to vote against his own ouster. He is the first representative to be ejected in state history, according to the New York Times. "This is potentially the most serious and historic vote any of us will ever take in our career as legislators," Democratic state Rep. Julie Fahey said at the proceeding, before urging her colleagues to oust Nearman. "It was upsetting to learn that Rep. Nearman was planning and coordinating an attack on our Capitol," another Democratic Rep., Andrea Salinas, said.

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