Defense attorneys say a laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the US Capitol attack has not been recovered by investigators
A female lawyer said Tuesday that a laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the US Capitol attack has not been recovered from a Pennsylvania woman’s home or car.
Public defender AJ Kramer told a federal judge that investigators searched the Harrisburg residence of Carr and Riley June Williams, but did not locate the computer.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky said during a hearing in Washington that she was reluctant to say more about an ongoing and fluid investigation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“I am very uncomfortable discussing the facts of the case at this stage,” Sedky said. “I worry that we are talking about what we are doing and we are not aware and that what we are running down could jeopardize the investigation.”
Williams, 22, is accused of helping to steal the laptop, which a Pelosi colleague said was used only for presentations. He is on electronic surveillance and largely confined to his home to await trial on that charge, as well as disorderly, trespassing and violent penetration and disorderly conduct based on the Capitol.
Sedky told the judge that there was evidence that Williams instructed others to delete the data after the attack. US Magistrate Judge Jia M. Farooqui restricted Williams’ Internet access while she was awaiting trial.
The FBI has said that an unknown former romantic partner of Williams molested him that he appeared in the video of the January 6 riots and Tipster claimed that he expected the computer to be sold to Russian intelligence.
Her lawyers have said that the tipster’s charges have been dropped.
The video of the riots tells the invaders to go “up, up, up”, describing Williams’ details during the attack. The FBI has stated that Williams was recorded in close-circuit cameras at the Capitol and was coming out of Pelosi’s office.
An FBI affidavit states that a cellphone video shot by Williams showed a man’s gloved hand picking up an HP laptop from the table, and the caption read, “They found the laptop.”