Arkansas ‘white nationalist’, 60, who put his feet on Speaker Pelosi’s desk during Capitol riot makes first court appearance and his bond hearing is set for Friday
- Arkansas man Richard Barnett, 60, made his first court appearance Tuesday
- During the January 6 riot he was seen in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office with his feet propped on her desk and allegedly left a threatening note on her desk
- He faces charges of carrying a dangerous weapon and theft of public property
- After entering her office he flashed a letter to reporters that he allegedly stole from the Speaker’s desk
- A judge ordered Barnett, of Gravette, to be held until at least Friday, when it will be determined whether bail will be set
Arkansas man Richard Barnett, 60, made his first court appearance Tuesday
Richard Barnett, 60, who has proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, turned himself into police on Friday January 8 after the photo of him at Pelosi’s desk went viral.
He appeared before a federal judge via video conference on Tuesday.
He faces charges including knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or restricted grounds without lawful authority while carrying a dangerous weapon, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and theft of public property.
A judge ordered Barnett, of Gravette, to be held until at least Friday, when it will be determined whether bail will be set.
He’s being held at the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, authorities said.
Barnett was photographed during the Wednesday Capitol riot inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office with his feet on her desk. He smiled and laughed as he lounged in her chair and he allegedly left a threatening note on her desk
He appeared before a federal judge via video conference on Tuesday. He faces charges including knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
In the photo he smiles and leans back in her chair with his foot on her desk.
The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Barnett, who had also left a threatening note on Pelosi’s desk Wednesday.
He also allegedly stole a letter from Pelosi’d office meant for US Rep. Bill Long of Missouri and flashed the envelope to reporters outside the Capitol.
In a video interview shared on YouTube from outside the Capitol Barnett appears to hold the envelope from Pelosi’s office. But he claims he didn’t enter the office on purpose.
‘I didn’t break in. I got pushed in,’ he said to YouTuber Brandon Buckingham.
He is one of dozens of people facing criminal charges for their actions in storming the Capitol building on January 6 in a violent protest against the joint Congress session seeking to certify the presidential election.
The chaos led to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police man and a QAnon conspiracy theorist.
On Wednesday January 6 a Trump-inspired mob stormed into the Capitol building to protest Congress’ certification of the presidential election. A view of flash bangs being used to disperse the massive Trump crowd that gathered
A view of Trump supporters including Jacob Anthony Chansley (in fur hat) who was arrested Saturday and charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
The sea of Trump supporters: A view of Trump fans storming into the Capitol, climbing on top of one another, and clashing with police as Congress convened to certify the election results
On Tuesday the Justice Department announced it is considering sedition and conspiracy charges against some of the arrested.
‘We’re looking at significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy, Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for Washington D.C., said.
His office has organized a team of senior national security and public corruption prosecutors.
‘They’re only marching orders from me are to build seditious and conspiracy charges related to the most heinous acts that occurred in the Capitol,’ he added.