Ore. lawmakers expel state Rep. who let protesters enter Capitol

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)

The Ore. House of Representatives get set to open a session on the evening of Thursday, June 10, 2021, to consider expelling member Rep. Mike Nearman. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

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The Oregon House of Representatives have voted to expel a member who allegedly let rioters in the State Capitol. This week, both Republicans and Democrats voted to oust Republican Mike Nearman in connection with the December incident.

Nearly all of the state’s 60 lawmakers voted to remove Nearman, with the censored lawmaker casting the only vote in his favor. Nearman said he will not apologize for the event, saying the capitol should have been open to the public despite coronavirus orders allowing only lawmakers and staff to occupy the building.

The office of Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman, is seen on Monday, June 7, 2021, in the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to expel the Republican lawmaker who allowed violent protesters into the state Capitol in December. Video that emerged late Friday in local news reports that apparently showed Rep. Nearman choreographing how he would let protesters into the Capitol, which was closed to the public, exploded like a bombshell in the Legislature on Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

The office of Ore. Rep. Mike Nearman, is seen on Monday, June 7, 2021, in the Ore. State Capitol in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Nearman commented, “now you’re considering expelling a member for the first time in history, because he thinks that people should have access to their Capitol, especially during session.” He argued, “I think that the citizens of Oregon should be able to instruct their representatives.”

Nearman’s supporters decried the vote and heckled lawmakers as they left the Capitol.

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