US Republican lawmaker charged for Capitol riot in Oregon
Did agents raid home of wrong woman over Jan. 6 riot? Maybe.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. Hueper shot back: “That still doesn’t explain why you’re in my home. Or in Homer, Alaska.” The search for the House speaker’s laptop had taken a U.S. Capitol Police officer thousands of miles away from home for an FBI raid on Hueper’s home, looking for something stolen during the Jan. 6 insurrection — and the person who did it.The agents would walk out of Hueper’s home with iPads, cellphones and a pocket-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence. They took a laptop, but it wasn’t from Pelosi’s office.
Surveillance video shows the moment State Rep. Mike Nearman opened the door and allowed protesters to enter the Oregon State Capitol on Dec. 21, 2020 Oregon State Legislature
Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman, a Republican state legislator from Polk County, now faces criminal charges as he stands accused of last December.
The charges include first-degree official misconduct and second-degree criminal trespass, according to court records obtained by . Nearman has formally been of "unlawfully and knowingly perform(ing) an act which constituted an unauthorized exercise of his official duties, with intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another," and is on May 11.
Charged in Jan. 6 riot? Yes, but prison may be another story
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 400 people have been charged with federal crimes in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But prison time may be another story. With new defendants still flooding into Washington's federal court, the Justice Department is under pressure to quickly resolve the least serious of cases. While defendants charged with crimes such as conspiracy and assaulting officers during the insurrection could be looking at hefty sentences, some members of the mob who weren't caught joining in the violence or destruction could see little to no time behind bars.
Security footage shows Nearman exiting the state Capitol building on December 21 around 8:30 a.m., when his fellow colleagues were still in a floor debate regarding a state-wide COVID-19 relief package. A raucous throng of people protesting COVID restrictions can be seen just outside the chamber Nearman exits from, suggesting that the legislator deliberately granted entry to them.
Shortly after Nearman leaves, the demonstrators, some of whom brandished firearms, engaged in a physical confrontation with state police who impeded further entry into the building. Oregon State Police said that "a protester sprayed some kind of chemical irritant" at the officers, according to . However, the officers eventually secured the chamber.
'We are not a match': Capitol rioters reported to FBI by exes, dating app users
A slew of people who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been reported to authorities by exes or by dating app matches. Robert Chapman, of Carmel, New York, was arrested April 22 after he boasted on the dating app Bumble that he was part of the group to "storm the Capitol" during the Jan. 6 riot. A woman he connected with curtly replied, "We are not a match," then reported him to authorities, according to court papers.
Outside the building, several demonstrators . Over 30 people unlawfully entered the vestibule, reported the .
A complaint filed in January by Oregon state Democrats that Nearman "let a group of rioters enter the Capitol, despite his knowledge that only authorized personnel are allowed in the building due to the COVID-19 pandemic." It also called Nearman's actions "completely unacceptable, reckless, and so severe that it will affect people's ability to feel safe working in the Capitol or even for the legislature."
On Friday, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat, demanded that Nearman resign, : "Rep. Nearman put every person in the Capitol in serious danger and created fear among Capitol staff and legislators."
Oregon House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner Kotek in January: "Rep. Mike Nearman's actions are a stain on this state. He put the lives of staff members, legislators and Oregon State Police officers in jeopardy. He is an embarrassment to this institution. He must be held to account."
They Went to D.C. on Jan. 6. Now They’re Running for Office.
On Jan. 5, Charles Herbster claims, he was at Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel with the president’s two adult sons, discussing ways to pressure Congress out of certifying Joe Biden’s victory. On Jan. 6, he attended a pro-Trump rally that later led to an attack on the U.S. Capitol. On Monday, Herbster announced his candidacy for governor of Nebraska. Herbster, who has agricultural businesses in multiple states, is running on the same staunch pro-Trump lines that brought him to D.C. on Jan. 6. (He did not enter the Capitol that day.) And he’s not alone. From Nebraska to New Jersey, attendees of the now-infamous rally that became a riot are campaigning for elected office.
Nearman, whose legal representation on the matter remains unclear, said in a written back in January: "I don't condone violence nor participate in it. I do think that when ... the Oregon Constitution says that the legislative proceedings shall be 'open,' it means open, and as anyone who has spent the last nine months staring at a screen doing virtual meetings will tell you, it's not the same thing as being open."
According to , at least three of the protestors who participated in the breach of the Oregon state Capitol went on to participate in D.C.'s Capitol insurrection.
The Oregon House Conduct Committee is set to investigate the incident and determine whether the state Republican violated workplace rules. Nearman may be expelled from the body, depending on whether the state Congress can reach bipartisan support for the effort. Nearman has since been from all his committee seats, though he still appears in House floor proceedings.
The incident is not Nearman's first go-around with controversy. Back in October, the lawmaker sued Gov. Kate Brown in October due to the state's COVID restrictions, according to the . In December, Nearman a dozen Oregon lawmakers who had encouraged the state attorney general to join a lawsuit looking to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Internal emails reveal Capitol security officials dismissed warnings about troubling social media posts before January 6 riot .
Newly revealed internal emails show an outside group warned Capitol security officials one day before the January 6 insurrection about a series of troubling social media posts calling for people to storm the US Capitol and kill federal employees, evidence that concerns about this kind of online chatter were raised in yet another way ahead of the attack but ultimately still dismissed at the time. © OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images Supporters of US President Donald Trump are seen from behind scaffolding as they gather outside the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.