Man who sat at Pelosi aide’s desk faces charges; FBI probes officer’s death

By amNY News*

Police mugshot of Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas who was arrested in Little Rock, Arkansas, January 8, 2021, on multiple criminal charges for his role in storming the Capitol building in Washington earlier in the week.

By Sarah N. Lynch and Makini Brice, Reuters

A West Virginia state lawmaker and a man pictured sitting at an aide’s desk in U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office are among those facing federal charges stemming from the siege on the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

In a related development, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen announced the FBI would team up with Washington’s police department to jointly investigate the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while defending the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

“Just because you’ve left the D.C. region, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol,” Steven D’antuono, the FBI Washington Field Office’s assistant director in charge, told reporters in a telephone news briefing.

The Justice Department on Friday released details on 13 defendants who were charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for their roles in connection with the Capitol riots.

They included Cleveland Meredith, who was charged with threatening Pelosi as well as possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, and Richard Barnett, the Gravette, Arkansas, man who was photographed sitting at Pelosi’s desk and is also known as Bigo.

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