FBI Probes Claim that Rioter Planned to Sell Pelosi Hard Drive to Russia

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The FBI is investigating allegations that a woman who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 stole a laptop or hard drive from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and intended to sell it to Russians, reports Politico.  The  FBI emphasized that the claim still remains under investigation and it is also unclear if they have been able to apprehend her or even if a laptop/hard drive was stolen.  According to the affidavit, a witness who spoke to authorities claimed to have seen a video of a woman identified as Riley June Williams of Pennsylvania. Williams was charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds with the intent to disturb a session of Congress and other charges after her former flame turned her in, reports NBC News. Pelosi chief of staff, Drew Hammill, confirmed in a Tweet that Pelosi’s laptop was stolen from the conference room on Jan. 6 but that it was “only used for presentations.”

The affidavit quoted the witness as saying she 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,”  However, according to the witness, the sale fell through for unknown reasons.  For now, Williams is facing charges of entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct for her actions inside the Capitol. The FBI says they spoke with Williams’ mother on Saturday and she allegedly said, “she recognized her daughter inside the U.S. Capitol Building and that her daughter had taken a sudden interest in President Trump’s politics and “far-right message boards.” Williams, 22, lived with her mom in Harrisburg, Pa., The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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