Investigators dismissed by the state’s new Republican Attorney General from a University of Virginia post on January 6

A senior researcher on the House Select Commission on January 6 investigating the Capitol riots was dismissed from his position as an adviser to the University of Virginia by the state’s new Republican lawyer president. Washington post..

Important reason: Democrats say Timothy Heaphy was removed from his post about three years later while leaving college to investigate the riots. Probably “retaliation” For House Probe — Accusation strongly denied by the office of State Attorney General Jason Miyares (R).

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  • According to the Washpost, Heaphy and lawyer Brian Walter were dismissed from the George Mason University post by Miyares this week, both of whom are Democrats.

Yes, but: Miyares spokesman, Victoria Rasivita, Told AP Sunday, when Heaphy was removed from the college post, was “nothing to do” with the investigation into the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021 and his position on the panel.

Big picture: Former President Trump and his Republican allies said a January 6 house panel survey was conducted. Including Liz Cheney (Republican) and Adam Kinzinger (Republican) in riot It is a democratic “witch hunt”.

What they are saying: Elaine Luria, D-Va, told WashPost that someone in a college position as Heaphy was “dismissed for political reasons.”

  • Scott Surovell, a top Democrat in the Virginia Senate, said New York Times: “This is a pure reward for January 6th. There is no other meaningful reason.”

Opposite side: LaCivita told AP that the adoption of Heaphy, previously appointed by then-President Obama as a US lawyer in western Virginia, is “controversial.”

  • She said that Mijares’ democracy predecessor, Mark Herring, “excluded many qualified internal candidates when he brought in a lawyer for this particular university.”

“Our decision was made after considering the legal decisions made in the last few years. The Attorney General is not in the philosophy of the university, but in giving legal advice based on the law. I hope the lawyer will return. The next chief lawyer. “

La Civita’s comment on AP

For the record: Brian Koy, a spokesman for the University of Virginia In the statement The school told the press that “thanks for his excellent service to our community and was disappointed to see it over.”

  • “The Mason community is grateful for Brian’s work and years of service,” George Mason said in a statement to the Washpost.

  • University and Miyares representatives did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with comments from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

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