A defense attorney said a laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol was not recovered by investigators
January 26, 2021, 10:03 p.m.
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HARRISBURG, PA. – A laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol was not recovered from the home or car of a Pennsylvania woman accused of assisting in the theft, said the woman’s lawyer on Tuesday.
Defense attorney AJ Kramer told a federal judge that investigators searched Riley June Williams’ car and Harrisburg residence but failed to find the computer.
U.S. assistant attorney Mona Sedky said during a hearing in Washington that she wouldn’t like to say more about what she called an ongoing and fluid investigation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“I am very uncomfortable discussing the facts of the case at this point,” Sedky said. “I worry that talking about what we do, what we don’t and what we are running out of could jeopardize the investigation.”
Williams, 22, is accused of helping steal the laptop, which was only used for presentations, according to a Pelosi aide. She is under electronic surveillance and is largely confined to her home pending trial on these charges, along with disability, trespassing, and forced entry, and disorderly behavior on the Capitol grounds.
Sedky told the judge there was evidence that Williams directed others to delete data after the attack. US judge Zia M. Faruqui has restricted Williams’ internet access while she awaits trial.
The FBI said an unidentified former Williams romantic partner pointed out she appeared in a video from the January 6 riot, and the tipster claimed she was hoping to sell the computer to Russian intelligence .
Her lawyers have said the tipster’s allegations are exaggerated.
The video of the riot shows a woman who matches Williams’ description and admonishes the attackers to “go up, up, up” during the attack. The FBI has said that Williams was recorded with surveillance cameras in the Capitol building that go in and out of Pelosi’s office.
An FBI affidavit said that a cell phone video, believed to have been recorded by Williams, showed the gloved hand of a man lifting an HP laptop from a table, and the caption read, “You have the laptop.”