Investigation January 6 Capital Rebellion Challenging law enforcement, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is searching for rioters and stolen property, along with officials with thousands of miles and digital images, including laptops.
“We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents said after briefly handcuffing Marilyn Whipper on April 26.
Hooper told the Associated Press News Agency: “You still don’t explain why in my house. Or Homer, Alaska.
Agents left Hooper’s home with an iPad, a mobile phone and a pocket-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence, the AP reported. They took a laptop, but not from the Pelosi office. Hooper claims they may have the completely wrong person.
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Federal prosecutors have charged more than 400 people Related to the riots, And hope to charge at least 100 more in the largest U.S. Justice Department initiative in American history. The investigation has included a number of defendants who have posted pictures and videos of their crimes online and are proud of the demolition of the holy building.
Some are facing serious charges including conspiracy and ample time in jail. Reports prove that there is a tendency for someone to accuse them of treason, a serious allegation that prosecutors rarely use.
But the judiciary Far-reaching case It did not have problems with possible examples of misidentification among those who stormed the U.S. Capital in January. As Republicans seek to mitigate the growing insurgency and mitigate the horrors of the day, any missteps used by federal prosecutors could be used to deny what actually happened.
The Human size It is difficult to identify people despite the fact that there were no arrests during the riots as well as evidence of social media inside the Capitol building.
Federal agents have dug up thousands of social media posts, obtained clear warrants for access to information on mobile phones in the Capitol area, used face recognition tools, and found logs of devices signed to congressional WiFi during the riots.
But by far the most effective tool for federal agents is old fashion tips. Many of the rioters have been identified by their friends and family members.
Hooper and her husband first came to the attention of officials this year when Alaska Airlines banned the couple for refusing to wear a mask on a flight in February, according to court documents obtained by the AP. Two more people then called Tips and said they recognized Hooper in pictures that authorities released suspects they wanted to storm the capital.
Riley June Williams, of Pennsylvania He was arrested in January After a tip that he took Pelosi’s laptop. Al Jazeera has seen legal proceedings in the Williams case, according to court documents.
The warrant obtained by the AP identified Hooper as the woman who took the laptop.
Hooper insisted they were wrong. He told the AP that another woman wearing the same coat and similar hair style was inside the Capitol during the mutiny, not hers.
He admitted he was in Washington DC at Trump’s rally that day, but said he didn’t get more than 91 meters (100 yards) from the capital and spent some time getting lost in an unfamiliar city.
He said agents showed him a picture of a woman inside the Capitol and they were so surprised to see Hooper that someone used photo-editing software to put him in the picture.
The warrant details how FBI agents showed Hooper wearing a similar outfit in a photo on her husband’s Instagram account, saying that Hooper’s husband also posted their picture to Capital.
Hooper said an agent returned with a separate and larger picture of the woman, showing the suspected thief wearing a black sweater followed by large white snowflakes. The agent asked where at home they could identify the sweater.
Hooper insisted he was not inside the Capitol, and said the sweater was confidential.
Hooper said he grabbed the picture and held it close to his mouth, telling the female agent to look at both of them closely, “me. Her. Me. Her,” he told the agent. Hooper said the agent grabbed the paper and left.
Whiper listed more differences. After insisting, Hooper was shown the first page of the warrant but was not allowed to read the document in its entirety, he told the AP. He received only a copy after leaving dozens or so of agents and capital police officers.
Hooper said he had not heard from federal authorities, or that agents had confiscated his laptop, two iPads, two mobile phones, or a 50 percent pocket-sized booklet of freedom.
He was not arrested. Judicial officials simply said the investigation was ongoing.
But he has decided to go public with his story just in case.
“I protect myself by going online before calling me better and making me this person,” he told the AP.