Politics Oregon House expels Republican who let rioters into state Capitol building
Putin tries to amplify GOP efforts to whitewash the deadly Capitol attack, saying the insurrectionists weren't 'just a crowd of robbers and rioters'
"We don't have any issues with the US," Putin said. "But it has an issue with us." These comments come just days before he meets Biden in Switzerland.Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday criticized the US response to the Capitol attack, which left five dead and was catalyzed by former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election. Among those killed on January 6 was a US Capitol Police officer.
TheHouse of Representatives ousted one of its own for his role in a riot that occurred at the state Capitol.
Four-term Republican state Rep. Mike Nearman wasfrom 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.
Nearman was removed for "disorderly behavior" after Dec. 21, 2020, when he was accused ofinto the state Capitol building, which had been closed to the public for the pandemic.
His actions led to dozens of people gaining access to the House, some of whom were armed and wearing body armor, where they caused thousands of dollars in damages and injured six police officers.
Capitol Police didn't act on warnings Trump backers would infiltrate Capitol, target Dems, report says
The report found the Capitol Police command system broke down during the riot. One officer said a lieutenant asked via radio, "does anybody have a plan?"The report also says that officers complained about a lack of leadership within the department as they tried to repel the attack — and that top leaders were virtually silent as they begged for help.
“There's no reason to hear both sides and have at least something resembling due process,” Nearman said in a statement. “The party in power doesn't have to be fair — might makes right. So, if that's what you want to do, let's do what the people have sent us here to do. Let's decide."
A few dozen Nearman supporters stood outside the Capitol to support him. There were chants of “let us in” and banging on a door.
House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat, introduced the House resolution to remove Nearman from office on Monday, and she created a bipartisan committee that voted to move theto the House floor Thursday.
“The Oregon House of Representatives has taken the unprecedented step of expelling one of its members,” she said in a. “Elected leaders must be held to the highest possible standard. The facts are clear that Mr. Nearman unapologetically coordinated and planned a breach of the Oregon State Capitol. His actions were blatant and deliberate, and he has shown no remorse for jeopardizing the safety of every person in the Capitol that day. Given the extraordinary circumstances, this was the only reasonable path forward. Safety — for the public, building employees, legislators and their staff — continues to be my top priority in managing this extraordinary session.”
5 Republican Senators Write Letter to AG Claiming 'Unequal Justice' of Capitol Rioters Compared to Protesters
Senators Ron Johnson, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Lee, Rick Scott and Ted Cruz signed the letter.Signed by Senators Ron Johnson, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Lee, Rick Scott and Ted Cruz, the letter highlighted a few instances of disruption by protests that may have resulted in unequal justice in the prosecution of those involved. They requested "information about our concerns regarding potential unequal justice administered in response to other recent instances of mass unrest, destruction, and loss of life throughout the United States.
Nearman’s expulsion came after ashowed him appearing to coach people on how and where to gather ahead of time.
Heon two misdemeanor counts in April for his role in the events of Dec. 21, including first-degree official misconduct and second-degree criminal trespass.
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Fierce Capitol attacks on police in newly released videos .
Videos released under court order provide a chilling new look at the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including body camera footage that shows a man charging at a police officer with a flagpole and tackling him to the ground. Federal judges ordered the release of the videos after media organizations, including The Associated Press, went to court to request that the Department of Justice provide access. The videos are being presented as evidence in prosecutors’ cases against three men charged with assaulting police.