Lawmakers remove state legislator over Oregon Capitol breach

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers in Oregon have expelled a Republican legislator who let violent, far-right protesters into the Statehouse.

The expulsion Thursday night of Rep. Mike Nearman was the first member of the House to be expelled in its 160-year history.

The House voted 59-1 to remove him from the Legislature for disorderly behavior.

Nearman was seen on security video opening a door to protesters on Dec. 21 as lawmakers met in emergency session to deal with economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

A representative says the protesters planned to occupy the Capitol and some were armed.

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