The person in question is photographed kicking his foot up on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office asking a federal judge not to let prosecutors mention the U.S. Capitol police officers who died after Jan. 6, 2021.
Accused Rioter Storms Pelosi’s Office Asking Judge Not to Let Prosecutors Disclose About Police Who Died After Jan. 6
Richard “Bigo” Barnett is currently preparing for jury selection on Monday. The defense attorneys filed a flurry of motions trying to prevent the government from calling certain witnesses and making certain arguments at trial. He is facing a raft of charges in connection with Jan. 6.
This includes obstruction of an official proceeding, entering a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, theft of government property, and other counts. The weapon referred to as “dangerous” was a stun gun. This was visibly photographed when he was inside Pelosi’s office leaning back with a beaming smile.
As posted by Law&Crime, Barnett’s lawyer Brad Geyer asked U.S. District Judge Christopher Reid Cooper, in two eye-catching motions not to allow the government to call the Pelosi staffer who used that desk as a witness.
Richard “Bigo” Barnett Asks Judge Not to Let Prosecutors Disclose About Police Who Died After Jan. 6
He also wants to prevent prosecutors from telling jurors that five police officers died after defending the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, describing that widely cited statistic as a “falsehood.”
Geyer expressed that the Attorney General and the President of the United States and others have repeated this disinformation countless times over the last two years, citing Merrick Garland’s recent remarks marking the second anniversary of the attack on the Capitol.
The estate of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on the eve of that second anniversary sued former President Donald Trump for allegedly “inciting” the attack that resulted in him being doused with pepper spray. George Tanios and Julian Khater were the two people charged in connection with that incident, but only Khater pleaded guilty to the assault.