Prosecutors have levelled two criminal charges against a Republican member of the Oregon house of representatives who let far-right rioters into the state capitol in December. Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree. Oregon state police struggled to force the rioters out of the Capitol, which was closed to the public, on 21 December as lawmakers met in emergency session to deal with economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.