Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., formally charged Riley June Williams this week for stealing a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Williams reportedly intended to sell or dispose of it.

Williams, 22, a home-care worker from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, had been seen on camera ushering rioters upstairs and towards Congressional offices during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Williams had pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the riots and claimed she never stole the laptop.

Her public defender acknowledged she entered the Capitol on Jan. 6.

She faces felony charges of aiding or abetting the theft of government property and obstructing, influencing or impeding an official proceeding.

Williams' ex-boyfriend said she planned on sending the laptop "to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service," according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors have charged more than 600 people with participating in the Capitol riot. After a speech by Donald Trump, hundreds stormed the Capitol building as President Joe Biden's election victory was formally certified.

Williams allegedly filmed herself grabbing the Hewett-Packard laptop just before leaving Pelosi’s office. The affidavit revealed that in a social media platform, Williams posted, "I stole shit from Nancy Polesi [sic]," and "I took Polesis [sic] hard drives."

The number of people charged in the insurrection keeps growing as the FBI evaluates video footage, social media posts, phone location data, and tips from the public. The House of Representatives created a commission on June 30 to investigate the attack. Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are the only two Republicans sitting on the committee.

A bill forming the commission passed the House on May 19 with every Democrat and 35 Republicans voting in favor of it. The bill ultimately fell short in the Senate, 54-35.

Following her arrest, Williams became the subject of scorn on social media.


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