At least 16 GOP lawmakers linked to violent attack on Capitol
The list has grown as more details emerge about the deadly event in Washington last Wednesday.
The number of Republican state lawmakers identified as having either been at Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol or part of the rally that led up to it continues to grow, as photographic evidence helps investigators pin down who was a part of the insurrection.
Four more GOP state lawmakers have been identified as attending either the rally that preceded the attack or the attack itself. They join 12 others who have already been outed as being part of the mayhem, along with a former state legislator.
The newly identified include:
West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger: Azinger posted photos to Facebook of being at the Washington Monument on Jan. 6 — the day of the attack — lauding the efforts by Trump supporters, even after knowing that the actions of the pro-Trump mob led to violence, death, and destruction.
“We’re here!” Azinger wrote in a post that included photos of the Washington Monument, which has now been closed to the public due to threats of violence. “Stop the Steal, baby!”
Azinger blamed Antifa for the violence, a baseless lie.
Maryland state Del. Dan Cox: Cox is facing calls to resign after he went to the rally and tweeted that Pence is a “traitor” — at the very same time the violent mobs were marauding through the Capitol.
Rhode Island state Rep. Justin Price: Like the other Republican state lawmakers who attended the rally or the insurrection itself, Price is also facing calls to resign after he marched to the Capitol with the pro-Trump mob.
Price claims he did not enter the Capitol, and also falsely blamed the violence on Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement, a patently false and racist accusation.
Virginia Del. Dave LaRock: LaRock wrote on Facebook that he was at the Capitol on Wednesday but did not say whether he entered the building.
He, too, falsely blamed outside agitators for the violence, even though the violence was carried out by Trump supporters and “antifa” was not found to be part of the crowd.
So far, at least one GOP state lawmaker has been arrested for their role in the violent attack: Incoming West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans, who took a selfie video of his crimes and shouted, “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol.”
The Justice Department announced it was charging Evans with “one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.”
Evans’ video made it easy for law enforcement to determine that it was, indeed, Evans.
Evans “streamed live to his Facebook page a video of himself joining and encouraging a crowd unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol,” the Justice Department wrote in a news release announcing Evans’ arrest.
Evans resigned on Saturday, saying “I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians.”
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which seeks to get Democrats elected to state legislatures across the country, criticized GOP legislative leaders for not commenting on the number of Republican lawmakers who were part of the mayhem on Wednesday.
“There can be no unity without accountability,” Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post said in a news release. “Every elected official who betrayed our democracy is unfit to represent their communities. We challenge our Republican counterparts to step up for the country they claim to love and join us in upholding the values that make this nation great. If there was any time to put country over party, it is now.”
To date, at least five people died in the attack, including a Capitol Police officer.
And Trump is now likely to be impeached a second time for inciting the insurrection that led to the deaths and desecration of the Capitol.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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