Women may have attempted to sell Pelosi's laptop to Russians, the FBI says,
U.S. law enforcement is investigating whether a woman has taken a laptop or hard drive from the U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol House of Representatives and attempted to sell the unit to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing.
In an affidavit released on Sunday night detailing a criminal case against Riley June Williams, a Pennsylvania woman accused of illegally violating the Capitol building and leading people to Pelosi's office, an FBI agent disclosed the details.
A persistent problem following the siege by U.S. supporters was the theft of electronic equipment from Congressional offices. Donald Trump, President.
"After the attack, acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said that some of the thefts could potentially have endangered what he defined as "national security equities.
The affidavit filed with the U.S., according to The FBI got a tip from someone who claimed they were a former romantic partner of Williams from the District Court for the District of Columbia.
The tipster said Williams "wanted to send the computer device to a friend in Russia who was then planning to sell the device to SVR, the foreign intelligence service of Russia," the affidavit said.
According to the tipster, "for unknown reasons, the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through and Williams still has or destroyed the computer device," the affidavit said. The inquiry remains open.
For comment, Williams could not be reached.
According to the FBI, an address near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which she shared with her mother, deactivated her phone number, and took down social media accounts, seems to have escaped Williams.
Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
A laptop used for presentations was stolen from a conference room in Pelosi's office two days after the Capitol siege, Hammill said. If that unit was the one Williams was accused of taking was uncertain.