As the FBI asked for help identifying those who were seen breaking into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, some of the participants already named are starting to find out how the public display of violence will affect their private lives.
An employee of Navistar, a direct marketing company based in Frederick, Maryland, was fired after he was photographed wearing his company-issued identification card in the halls of Congress, CNN reported.
The company released a statement reading: “Navistar Direct Marketing was made aware that a man wearing a Navistar company badge was seen inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 during the security breach. After review of the photographic evidence the employee in question has been terminated for cause.”
“While we support all employee’s right to peaceful, lawful exercise of free speech, any employee demonstrating dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others will no longer have an employment opportunity with Navistar Direct Marketing.”
The man’s name has not been released.
Another man, who posted a video stating “we’re all trying to get into the Capitol to stop this” was afterward found to be no longer working for his company. Paul Davis had worked for Goosehead Insurance, CNN reported.
The company took to Twitter to announce Davis’ status, but did not say whether he was fired or if he quit.
Rick Saccone was near the scene of the riots. Despite posting a video to social media, Saccone told Reuters that he did not see violence and did not himself cross into the Capitol. He resigned from his position as an adjunct professor at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania after the school reviewed the video he had posted.
He also posted photos of himself at the event which have since been taken down or which have had a change of privacy settings.
The college told Reuters in a statement, “As a result of that investigation, Dr. Saccone has submitted and we have accepted his letter of resignation, effective immediately.”
In Texas, the sergeant-at-arms of the state’s Republican party has been removed after he supported the riot at the Capitol.
Walter West said his comments about the situation were “misinterpreted” and he would not “advocate for violence on ‘The People’s House,’” CNN reported.
But the Texas GOP leaders said in a statement, “Whereas we vigorously support the First Amendment right to freely assemble, we condemn violence and pray for all gathering in our nation’s capital and those at the Capitol Building. The Texas GOP has always been on the side of law and order and will remain so.”
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