Riley June Williams, 22, (pictured) is currently out on bail awaiting trial on charges related to her alleged involvement in the January 6 MAGA riots in Washington, DC
A Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Capitol insurrection allegedly posted a video online in which she performed a Nazi salute and pledged her allegiance to Adolf Hitler.
Riley June Williams, 22, is currently out on bail awaiting trial on charges related to her involvement in the January 6 MAGA riots in Washington, DC.
The care worker’s ex-boyfriend, who turned her in to authorities, claimed that she had stolen a laptop from House Speaker Pelosi’s office with the intention of selling it to Russia.
Now Williams is making headlines again after British investigative journalism website Bellingcat published a video which purportedly showed her expressing support for Hitler.
The 36-second video, which was also posted by NBC News, shows a woman dancing to techno music and extending her right arm while a voiceover says: ‘Hammer was right all along. There is no political solution. All that is left is acceleration. Heil Hitler.’
It’s unclear when the video was recorded, but Bellingcat said it received it from an anonymous Antifa activist who identified the woman as Williams.
Williams’ lawyer, A.J. Kramer, appeared to confirm the video’s authenticity, telling NBC News that it was meant as a ‘joke’ intended to mock Nazis. Kramer insisted that his client is opposed to Nazi beliefs.
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Troubling new details about Williams emerged this week when British investigative journalism website published a video which purportedly showed her performing a Nazi salute and pledged her allegiance to Adolf Hitler. A screenshot of the video is shown above
Williams’ lawyer, A.J. Kramer, appeared to confirmed the video’s authenticity, telling NBC News that it was meant as a ‘joke’ intended to mock Nazis. Kramer insisted that his client is opposed to Nazi beliefs.
Williams has been out on bail since January 21 and is confined to her mother’s apartment
In the video the woman is seen wearing a mask with a skull printed on it and a hat with a circular symbol, both of which are associated with Nazi terror groups.
Bellingcat said the hat symbol is known as a ‘Black Sun’ – the same emblem worn by Brenton Harrison Tarrant when he killed 50 people in shootings at Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.
The person who sent the video to Bellingcat reportedly claimed that they uncovered a slew of other racist and anti-Semitic content on Williams’ social media pages.
The skull mask matched one Williams was seen wearing in a photo British broadcaster ITV published last month.
The skull mask in the Bellingcat video appeared to match one Williams was seen wearing in a photo (above) British broadcaster ITV published last month
Williams, of Harrisburg, was arrested on January 18 in Central Pennsylvania, a day after she was charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct for rioting inside the Capitol on January 6.
Federal charging documents said Williams was captured on video directing rioters up a flight of stairs inside the legislature towards Pelosi’s office.
Before being detained, Williams had reportedly fled the Harrisburg apartment she shared with her mother, frantically packing a bag and telling her she’d return ‘in a few weeks’ without disclosing where she was heading.
The FBI is believed to still be looking into allegations that she stole a laptop from Pelosi’s office, however she has not yet been charged in that matter.
Williams’ lawyer refuted the allegations, saying that searches of her car and home had not yielded the laptop.
Prosecutors published this still from a video which they said was taken from Williams’ phone
According to a court affidavit, a witness described as a former romantic partner of Williams’ – identified only as W1 – told the FBI that he had seen a video of Williams ‘taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Pelosi’s office’ during the insurrection.
They further claimed that Williams ‘intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.’
However, according to the witness the plan fell through for unknown reasons. They said they were not sure if Williams was still in possession of the laptop or if she’d destroyed it.
The affidavit included video footage captured by British broadcaster ITV, which allegedly showed Williams inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt, brown trench coat, and holding a zebra-print bag.
In the clip she is heard repeatedly yelling: ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase.
The staircase in question leads to the office of Speaker Pelosi, the FBI said.
The affidavit included video footage (pictured) captured by British broadcaster ITV, which allegedly showed Williams inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt and brown trench coat
Williams had traveled to Washington, DC, with her father from her Harrisburg home
At a hearing on January 26, Assistant US Attorney Mona Sedky said that she was reluctant to say more about what she described as an ongoing and fluid investigation into what happened to the laptop.
‘I’m very uncomfortable discussing the facts of the case at this stage,’ Sedky said. ‘I’m concerned that talking about what we do and don’t know and what we’re running down could jeopardize the investigation.’
Sedky told the judge there is evidence Williams has directed others to delete data after the attack.
US Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui restricted Williams’ internet access while she awaits trial.
Her lawyers say the ex-boyfriend’s claims about Williams hoping to sell the laptop to Russian intelligence are overstated.
Documents filed by the prosecution included a screenshot of a four-second video found on a cell phone, which they obtained last week.
In the clip, prosecutors say, the person holding the cell phone camera is standing, angling the camera down toward a wooden desk with an HP laptop. Prosecutors believe Williams is holding the phone.
The FBI special agent investigating Williams’ case said that the voiceover for the clip matched that of Williams, as seen in footage from Britain’s ITV News.
The agent stated: ‘A female voice that I believe to be WILLIAMS’ based on my review of the ITV YouTube video described above can be heard saying, ‘Dude, put on gloves.’
Williams is seen leaving the Dauphin County Prison on January 21
‘Next, what appears to be a man’s arm then reaches toward the laptop, with a black glove covering his hand, and begins to lift the laptop off the table.
‘There is text across the video clip that reads: ‘they got the laptop.”
Messages which prosecutors say were from Williams read: ‘I stole s*** from Nancy Polesi (sic).’
Another read: ‘I domt care I took Nancy Polesis hard drives I dont care kill me.’
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, tweeted two days after the attack that a laptop stolen was from a conference room that was used for presentations.
William’s mother told police that she recognized her daughter in the video footage inside the Capitol and that her daughter had recently taken a sudden interest in Trump’s politics and ‘far-right message boards.’
Prior to her capture, the FBI said that Williams has changed her phone number and deleted her accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Telegram and Parler.