Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to expel a Republican lawmaker who allowed violent protesters into the state Capitol in December.

Fellow Republicans want him out too.

Video that emerged late Friday in local news reports that apparently showed Rep. Mike 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.

For even the minority Republicans in the House, it was too much.

All 22 of Nearman’s fellow Republicans in the House said in a joint letter to him that he should step down.

“Today, we strongly recommend that you resign from the Oregon State House of Representatives, House District 23 position,” the letter said.

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