(CNN) The Oregon official, who was met with a reaction after a video appeared in which he appeared to tell protesters how to gain access to the closed Capitol, was expelled from the Oregon House of Representatives.
Republican Mike Niedermann, a Republican, was expelled from the legislature on Thursday night with a bipartisan 59-1 vote on House Resolution 3, House Speaker Tina Kotek said in a press release. Nearman was the only voice without a voice.
According to the resolution, Nearman “dealt with disorder” during a special session held on December 21. He also outlined findings from an independent investigator who found that Nearman “deliberately assisted protesters in violating Capitol security and gaining unauthorized access to the Capitol, resulting in injury and destruction of property.”
The resolution provides details of a recent video released by the Oregon Public Broadcasting that appears to show Nearman telling a group of protesters how to gain access to the state Capitol “with the help of someone already inside.” At the time, access to the Capitol was restricted to “authorized personnel” only because of Covid’s restrictions.
The resolution also provides details of security camera footage, which he said shows the man pushing the door as he leaves the building and bypasses a protester, who rushes past him into the building, followed closely by a second demonstrator holding the door open. numerous other demonstrators who also rushed in “, on 21 December.
Protesters could be heard shouting “enemies of the state” and “arresting Kate Brown,” the governor of the country’s Democratic State, according to the resolution.
CNN turned to Nearman for comment.
“The facts are clear that Mr. Nearman improperly coordinated and planned a violation of the Oregon Capitol,” Kotek said in a statement issued after the expulsion.
He called Nearman’s actions “outspoken and deliberate,” adding, “he showed no remorse for endangering the safety of anyone in the Capitol that day. Given the extraordinary circumstances, this was the only sensible way forward.”
Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner, a Democrat, said the Middle East “poses a real risk to the safety of every single person in the building, especially our Jewish and black lawmakers, Indigenous people, people of color (BIPOC) and staff.” Capitol. “
In a letter Monday referring to the video, Republicans in the State House called on Nearman to resign, saying: “Given the latest evidence that has emerged regarding the events of December 21, 2020, we believe that friends and colleagues in the best interest is your congregation, your family, yourself and the state of Oregon to resign, “CNN reported earlier.
Representative Christine Drazan, the leader of the Republican Party of the State Chamber, called for the expulsion of Nearman to be an “extraordinary vote” but necessary.
“Representative Nearman has taken credit for his principles without taking responsibility for the consequences of his actions,” she said in a statement Friday. “He did not choose to protest peacefully or engage in civil disobedience. His plan to release the Capitol people ended in violence, destruction of property and wounded cops. This disregard for the rule of law leads us deeper into civil unrest and division. “If we want to overthrow our country, we must adhere to a higher standard as we work to lead and serve the better.”
Nearman is the first member of the legislature to ever be expelled from the Oregon State House, the House Democrats said in a statement.
This story has been updated with an additional response.