FBI Probes Allegation Woman Stole Pelosi's Laptop During Capitol Riot Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
By Brian Freeman | Monday, 18 January 2021 09:21 AM
The FBI is looking into evidence that a Pennsylvania woman who took part in the Capitol insurrection stole from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office a laptop or hard drive with the intent of selling it to Russians, Politico reported.
The allegation was included in an affidavit describing the criminal case against Riley June Williams, who was seen in footage from the riot in the part of the Capitol close to Pelosi's office.
According to the affidavit, which was signed Sunday and posted publicly, "It appears that Williams has fled. According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, Williams’ mother stated that Williams packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks. Williams did not provide her mother any information about her intended destination."
It is not certain if a laptop or hard drive was actually taken from Pelosi’s office.
But, according to the affidavit, a witness told authorities he claimed to have seen a video of Williams "taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi’s office."
According to the witness, Williams "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 … [but] the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it."
Williams' mother last week filed a suspicious persons report against the witness in the affidavit, who is described as a former romantic partner of the suspect.
However, CNN reported that as of now Williams is not accused of theft.
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.