In filing the lawsuit against Williams, prosecutors say she was the culprit for stealing a laptop from Pelosi’s office, despite conflicting reports from other rioters and social media posts. Pelosi aides say the laptop was only used for presentations.
The impending new charges are an indication of the prosecutors’ swift efforts to build on some of the swift initial charges they brought against the Capitol rioters. FBI and Justice Department officials said they were launching swift cases to round up some of the insurgents and participants in the riot and intended to bring more serious charges over time.
A hearing on whether Williams should be arrested pending trial is scheduled for Thursday. Williams’ attorney Lori Ulrich protested the delay and found that her client has been in jail since Monday.
According to the first case against Williams, A former romantic partner who spoke to authorities claimed to have seen a video of Williams “taking a laptop or hard drive from Spokesman Pelosi’s office”.
“”[Witness 1] stated that WILLIAMS intended to send the computing device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, “the agent stated.” [Witness 1]The transfer of the computing device to Russia failed for unknown reasons and WILLIAMS still has or destroyed the computing device. “
“This matter is still under investigation,” concluded the agent.
Williams is currently charged with entering a restricted building and behaving in a messy manner for her actions in the Capitol.
The agent handling Williams ‘case also spoke to law enforcement officers in Harrisburg who had recently interacted with Williams’ parents. Williams’ mother filed a suspicion report on Jan. 11 against the person the FBI identified as “Witness 1”. This witness is described as the suspect’s former romantic partner.
While local officials were in attendance, Williams’ mother telephoned her and officers saw her wearing a brown jacket that matched the one she was wearing in the January 6 riot pictures. Harrisburg officials also spoke to Williams’ father, who said he drove her to Washington to attend the protests, but they broke up for the day while she joined other friends.
The couple drove home from Washington after meeting outside the Capitol.