U.S. Senator Mike Nahrmann of Oregon has been charged with two counts of opening the door of a state capitol building to protesters in December 2020, U.S. media reported on May 2.
Court documents state that during the meeting, Narman was charged with first-degree official misconduct and second-degree criminal trespass for “unlawful and intentional” access to the state capitol building while some far-right protesters were armed with rifles and pepper spray. Nahrmann has been stripped of his post and ordered to pay $2,000 in damages to protesters.
At least three protesters who took part in the Oregon State Capitol protests are understood to have later appeared in the violence at the U.S. Capitol. In an earlier statement, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotke said Narman’s move caused great fear among lawmakers and Capitol staff.