Federal Bureau of Investigation says Capitol rioter allegedly hoped to sell Pelosi laptop to Russian Federation

Nellie Chapman
January 18, 2021

Richard Barnett, a supporter of President Trump, holds a piece of mail as he sits inside the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after protesters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 6.

They further claimed that Williams, a care worker, then 'intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service'.

The detail about the computer from Pelosi's office was noted in an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's statement of facts in support of the criminal complaint against Riley June Williams.

It's unclear what if any computer hardware Williams actually took from Pelosi's office, nor what happened to any equipment that she did manage to smuggle out of the Capitol.

Lund's affidavit, filed late Sunday, tells a freaky story. "According to [the tipster], the transfer of the computer device to Russian Federation fell through for unknown reasons and WILLIAMS still has the computer device or destroyed it", the warrant states.

Several videos show the woman believed to be Williams actively directing fellow rioters, urging them "upstairs, upstairs, upstairs".

Instead, she is charged with violent entry or disorderly conduct, and entering the restricted space of the Capitol, similar charges faced by many who participated in the siege that day.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Friday. He said surveillance video from cameras in the Capitol also show Williams inside the building's Statutory Hall "pointing and directing intruders" during the melee.

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He said that on January 16 Harrisburg officers said Williams' mother told them a British news crew had come to her house the previous night asking to speak with her daughter, who was not at home. In the segment, the mother says that her daughter is not home.

A second ITV News report some days later has an interview with Ms Williams' mother at their home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in which she confirmed her daughter was the woman in the TV footage.

According to the FBI, Williams had driven down from Harrisburg to attend the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally with her father, of Camp Hill.

She said her daughter had "taken a sudden interest in President Trump's politics".

The FBI says Williams' mother filed a report with police in Harrisburg about a suspicious person on January 11 but that when officers interviewed her, Williams herself was not present.

The charges against Williams are based in part on a 32-minute video, "Storming the Capitol: The Inside Story", that was created by ITV News, a British television network, and published on YouTube.

"It appears that WILLIAMS has fled", the agent wrote. Williams allegedly then changed her telephone number and deleted her presumed social media pages.

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